Ford’s upcoming C-Segment SUV will use the next generation Mahindra XUV500 platform
Last September, Mahindra & Ford had collaborated for the development of their future products. If media reports are to be believed, Ford is working on an all-new C-segment SUV for the Indian market. This model will fill the gap between EcoSport and Endeavour. Mahindra will help the American automaker to develop this premium SUV.
It was speculated that Ford is considering its global model – Kuga – for the Indian market. However, this model will require huge investment and time. Instead, latest reports claim that the new SUV will be based on the next-generation Mahindra XUV (codenamed W601) platform. Also See – Ford EcoSport Titanium+ Petrol Gets Manual Gearbox
Interestingly, Ford will provide its B562 platform to Mahindra for its future electric sedan. Previous reports suggest that Mahindra and Ford collaborated to develop an electric vehicle based on the Ford Aspire. Ford is also planning to launch an all electric car in India by the end of 2019 or early 2020. Also See – 2020 Ford Bronco & A New Compact SUV Teased
Mahindra’s platform is claimed to have around 10-12% lower cost structure than Ford. This partnership is likely to reduce development costs and time to introduce new products in the market. Also See – 2018 Ford Endeavour Facelift Revealed In Clear Spy Images
Ford is currently planning to launch the updated versions of Figo, Aspire and Endeavour along with an Figo based cross-hatch – Freestyle in the Indian market in 2018-19 fiscal year. On the other hand, Mahindra will launch an all-new MPV codenamed U321, S201 compact SUV and a 7 Seater premium SUV in India.
Source – ET Auto