Ford Motors India is jointly working with Mahindra on three new SUVs for the domestic market. The new C-SUV will compete with the likes of MG Hector, Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier.
Ford Motors India is jointly working with Mahindra on three new SUVs for the domestic market. One of these is a C-segment SUV that will compete with the likes of MG Hector, Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. The upcoming SUV by Ford will be based on the new front-wheel-drive monocoque platform, which will also underpin the upcoming new-gen Mahindra XUV500.
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The all-new Ford SUV will be manufactured at Mahindra’s manufacturing plant
The all-new Ford SUV will be produced at Mahindra’s manufacturing plant, where the carmaker will also develop the new-gen XUV500. Moreover, Ford’s new C-segment SUV will be sharing its engine mechanics, interior features and components with the new XUV500.
Ford engineers will tweak the chassis along with suspension system to offer driving dynamics typical of Ford cars. Earlier, some reports suggested that the new Ford SUV will share 75% parts with the new-gen XUV500. We expect Ford to offer the upcoming C-segment SUV with 2 powertrain options- a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged oil-burner along with a 2.0-litre mStallion turbocharged petrol mill. The diesel engine is expected to offer power and torque outputs of 180bhp and 400 Nm, respectively, while the petrol motor will develop 190bhp of power and 330 Nm of twisting force. Transmission duties will be done by both manual and automatic units.
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Ford’s new C-SUV will be sharing its engine mechanics, interior features and components with the next-gen XUV500
Initially, Ford will introduce the new C-segment SUV in 5-seater configuration, but one can expect the carmaker to introduce a 7-seater version of the car at a later stage. Talking about the new-gen Mahindra XUV500, the upcoming 7-seater car is scheduled to hit the Indian market by the first quarter of next year. The JV is also working on a new mid-size SUV which will rub its shoulder with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and upcoming Tata Blackbird. The all-new SUV is scheduled to launch by 2022. Moreover, the JV is also developing an all-new C-segment MPV along with a sub-four meter SUV. The upcoming MPV will be based on Mahindra Marazzo’s platform.