The joint venture between Ford and Mahindra in India is expected to churn out a wide range of formidable crossovers and SUVs, including the Mahindra XUV400.
Mahindra and Ford have participated in a joint venture in the Indian auto market. Under this partnership, a wide range of new models can be expected in the foreseeable future including the new-gen Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV500, according to rumours. While Ford India has always been well-known for producing driving-oriented cars, Mahindra is famous for petrol and diesel motors. As the demand for SUVs is increasing in the market, both of the SUVs are developing a brand-new mid-size SUV to rival their formidable competitors: Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Every model from the joint venture would be branded Mahindra or Ford, depending on which one introduces it first.
Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, Pawan Goenka comments that there exists a gap in the “4.4-metre kind of vehicle” in the company's portfolio. To effectively compete against the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos, a brand-new ‘VX-722’ platform of Ford would be utilized. The SUV is expected to be called Mahindra XUV400 once launched and could be positioned between the Mahindra XUV300 and XUV500.
Under the joint venture, BS6-compliant Mahindra motors in Ford platforms for export to other markets like European ones. Pawan states that the three motors, 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbo petrol mStallion units for the upcoming products under the JV are already ready for the market. The motors would serve as the power source for the new-gen Ford EcoSport, a ‘B-platform SUV’ and a W605 ‘C-platform SUV’, respectively.
The Mahindra XUV400 will be underpinned by Ford mid-size SUV platform. (The image is for representational purpose only.)
While the C-SUV will be produced at Mahindra’s Nashik plant, the B-SUV will be manufactured at Ford’s facility in Sanand, India. The new-gen Mahindra XUV500 will be launched by the end of this fiscal year. Many spy images of the new XUV500 have been shared; however, it might take a long time for it to come into production, even after the Ford C-SUV.