We reported earlier that Ford is working on the next-gen Ford Figo and the Aspire sedan; however, the new models are not likely to arrive in our market. Instead, Ford is planning to introduce a completely new range of cars in the Indian market. It is confirmed that Ford is readying an all-new C-segment SUV, which is expected to make debut in late 2020 or early 2021.
The new Ford C-segment SUV will be based on the next-gen Mahindra XUV500, which has already been spotted testing. For people not in the know, Ford and Mahindra joins hands to develop new cars, platforms, technologies and EVs for India as well as global markets. The new Ford C-SUV will share close to 75% components with the next XUV500.
Previous reports claim that the Ford C-SUV could be developed at the Mahindra’s factory which will be used to produce the next-gen XUV500. The new model will carry a new design language and all-new interior, which will be different from the donor. Ford engineers will make changes to the architecture and it is expected to offer Ford-like drivability. The new Ford C-SUV is expected to be powered by an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which is currently under development. This engine will first debut in the new Mahindra XUV500 and is expected to offer close to 180bhp of power. This engine will be compliant to BSVI emission norms.
The American automaker is also started working on the next-gen Ford EcoSport for the global markets. The new model is reportedly to be bigger in dimensions and will be positioned against the Honda HR-V and Jeep Compass in international markets. However, the India-spec model will be different from the global model and will sit under 4 meter in length.
While the international-spec model will continue to use the existing Ford Fiesta’s platform, the new EcoSport for India is most likely to use the Mahindra’s X100 platform that also underpins the XUV300. However, nothing has been confirmed by the automaker. Ford could also use the existing architecture to develop the new EcoSport. In fact, reports claim that Ford will give this platform to Mahindra to develop an all-new 5-seater premium compact SUV to challenge the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.