Ford and Mahindra have started a joint venture which will see the former make all new models based on Mahindra platforms. The EcoSport is due an update, read on to see what it may look like.
The Ford EcoSport has been in the Indian auto market without any significant updates for quite a while now, and it is starting to show its age as newer rivals arrive. Ford is readying the next-generation EcoSport compact SUV which is rumoured to be launched in 2022. It is reported that the global-spec model will be based on the existing Ford Fiesta’s B platform. But the India-spec EcoSport is going to be developed by the new Ford-Mahindra Joint Venture instead. We have got some new renderings from digital artist Kleber Silva for the next-generation Ford EcoSport.
As you can see, the rendering shows a very aggressive looking compact SUV with the Ford Raptors grille fit here. Chances of this going to production are very low but it could hint at a more rugged version of the regular EcoSport. Except for the front, the side and rear profiles look similar to the Mahindra XUV 300. The side profile has been unchanged from the XUV 300 but the render has new taillights and a slightly revised boot at the rear. It looks similar to the Mahindra overall but has enough design changes to be different as well.
Reports suggest that the new Ford EcoSport could be the smallest member of the Ford Bronco family. The India-spec model will be powered by the Mahindra mStallion engine which is a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol. It churns out max power and torque figures of 130 PS/230 Nm and it is paired to a 6-speed manual as standard.
The Ford-Mahindra Joint Venture’s first product will be an all-new C-segment SUV which will share underpinnings with the next Mahindra XUV 500 front-wheel monocoque platform. The new Ford is expected to launch by the end of 2021 or early 2022 and will rival the likes of the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, and the Jeep Compass. Ford-Mahindra is also developing a new mid-sized SUV which will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The new SUV may use Ford’s B platform and Mahindra’s 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. And Ford will also launch an all-new MPV based on the Marazzo’s platform, which means the Blue Oval has a slew of new models coming soon.