The new mid-sized SUV from Ford is expected to become a new formidable competitor against the Hyundai Creta.
Earlier, Ford has been reported to be developing an all-new C-segment SUV, which will be a product of the Mahindra - Ford cooperation. The new SUV will be underpinned by the new monocoque FWD chassis, which will also support the new-gen XUV500. Noteworthily, another mid-sized SUV is also being developed for the Indian auto market and will be supported by a brand-new platform.
The Ford new mid-sized SUV is not only restricted to the Indian market but will also be developed for other emerging markets.
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Codenamed the B745, the new Ford SUV will be one of the three SUVs developed for the Indian auto market. It will be around 4,300 mm long and participate in the highly competitive mid-sized SUV segment which has been dominated by the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and Kia Seltos.
Actually, Mahindra is also developing a new mid-sized SUV which is based on Ford’s platform. It will be called the Mahindra XUV400 and codenamed S204. For your information, Mahindra and Ford have participated in a partnership in India to develop, manufacture and market cars in the Indian auto market. The two SUVs will share not only share the platform but also the engine and the design. The powertrain options available in both of them include a new 1.2-litre turbo gasoline burner, a 1.5-litre mStallion petrol motor and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel unit.
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As regards Ford’s upcoming C-SUV, it will be powered by the same motors as the new-gen Mahindra XUV500. Expected to be revealed in 2021, the new SUV will keep under its hood two motor options: a 2.0-litre turbo gasoline burner and a 2.0-litre turbo oil unit. The output of the two engines will be 190 BHP against 380 Nm and 180 BHP against 400 Nm, respectively. The transmission duties will be undertaken by a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed torque convertor.