The India-bound Ford C-SUV, codenamed as W605, despite sharing the mechanical specifications with the new-gen Mahindra XUV500, codenamed as W601, will have quite a few different features with the latter.
The India-bound Ford C-SUV, the first result of the collaboration between the American and the Indian automaker, will be underpinned by a different chassis from that of the new Mahindra XUV500. In terms of the exterior, the Ford C-SUV and the facelifted XUV500 will only share the windscreens, the windows and the doors. The former is likely to feature a slimmer design with a different grille and high-mounted headlamps, larger wheels with more cladding.
As regards the interior, the American automaker will offer a more top-notch cabin. To be more specific, the Ford C-SUV will be equipped with a quite different instrument console and dashboard. While the touchscreen infotainment system will be borrowed from the Mahindra cousin, the multimedia system will take the inspiration from the unit on the low-spec EcoSport sourced from FLY. The safety features are expected to include dynamic stability control, hill mode descent control and traction control system.
The India-bound Ford C-SUV will have many different features from the new-gen Mahindra XUV500
Last month, the new Mahindra XUV500 was reported to be powered by a new 2.-L diesel motor with a maximum power output of 180 bhp, which will be borrowed by the Ford C-SUV. Mahindra is working to make this engine comply with the BS-VI transmission standards. The transmission duties will be undertaken by both an MT and an AT unit.
The Ford C-SUV for India will share the mechanical specifications with the new-gen Mahindra XUV500
Once launched, the India-bound Ford C-SUV will be the first automobile to be primarily developed by Ford’s India Product Development division. Moreover, while the Melbourne-based Asia Pacific Engineering Centre will optimize the suspension system, the Indian team will take charge of equipping the driver’s seat. All of these will contribute to the competitive price of the new Ford SUV for India.
While the American auto manufacturer has not revealed anything about the exact launch date of the Ford C-SUV in India, it is expected to go to the country no earlier than late 2020, when the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will be launched. Stay tuned and get updated with the information about this SUV with us here.