It is no secret that Mahindra and Ford joined hands to increase their presence in the highly competitive Indian as well as global markets. Ford will launch an all-new C-segment SUV, which will be based on the next-generation Mahindra XUV500. A new media report claims that the Ford C-SUV will share close to 75% components with the next XUV500.
Speaking to moneycontrol, Pawan Goenka, managing director, M&M, said, “On the C-SUV, the vehicle by M&M and Ford probably will have two-third common (composition) and one-third unique and therefore the two-third will be shared by the two companies.”
Mahindra will also use the Aspire compact sedan platform to develop an all-electric car for the Indian market. Adding to it, the company is also planning to source the Ford’s B-platform to develop all-new SUV for the Indian market. A possible compact SUV to challenge the Hyundai Creta could be based on the B-platform.The homegrown automaker is also planning to discontinue several of its old models before April 2020. The company will phase out the Xylo, Verito, Verito Vibe and the current Bolero. However, the company will develop next generation Bolero SUV to meet the new emission and crash test norms. Also See – Ford C-SUV – What we know so far
Mahindra is also planning to reduce its platform count to increase the profit share. The company will launch the next generation XUV500, Scorpio and the Thar in 2020. Adding to it, the homegrown automaker will also make maximum usage of its partnership with SsangYong. It is expected that Mahindra could utilise the Korando’s platform to develop the next XUV500. However, nothing official has been confirmed by the automaker.