Mahindra and Ford joined hands to develop new cars, technologies, platform and electric vehicles for India as well as global markets. The new JV will form a new entity, which will take care of production and distribution of Ford cars in India. The first model under the new partnership will be introduced in 2021. It is confirmed that the JV is working on an all-new C-segment SUV.
The new C-segment SUV will be designed and developed on Mahindra’s new monocoque platform, which will also underpin the next-gen XUV500. The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 has already been spotted testing multiple times and is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2021. The new model will be offered as a 5-seater SUV and will take on the likes of the Jeep Compass, MG Hector and the Tata Harrier. The upcoming C-segment SUV could also be offered with 7-seat options to rival the likes of the Tata Gravitas and the MG Hector Plus.
The C-segment SUV will be produced on the same production line that will also be used for the new-gen XUV500. The SUV will share 75% of the components with the Mahindra’s sibling; however, design of the two SUVs will be completely different. Ford engineers will also tweak the suspension setup and steering system of the SUV. Ford officials have already confirmed that the new SUV will drive like Ford.
Mahindra is reportedly using the Ford’s B platform to develop an all-new mid-sized SUV. The new mid-sized SUV will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the Kia Seltos. The platform will also be used to develop an all-new SUV, which will be sold under the Ford nameplate in India. It was speculated that Mahindra will introduce an all-new mid-sized SUV based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the XUV300. SsangYong is already selling the longer Tivoli XLV in the International markets. We believe that the new mid-sized SUV could use the XUV300 platform.
The Joint Venture is also working on an all-new sub-4 meter SUV, which is likely to be the next-gen Ford EcoSport. The global-spec model will continue to be based on the existing B platform. The India-spec model could also use this platform. However, few media reports claim that the next-gen EcoSport will be designed and developed on Mahindra’s X100 platform.