It is no secret that Ford Motor Company is readying an all-new C-segment SUV, which will be released in mid-2021. The new model will be based on the all-new monocoque front-wheel-drive platform, which will underpin the new-gen Mahindra XUV500. The new XUV500 has already been spotted testing multiple times on the Indian roads.
Mahindra has already confirmed that the new XUV500 will be launched in the first quarter of 2021. Coming back to the Ford C-SUV, the new model will be offered with 5 and 7-seat options. The company will initially launch the 5-seater model, while the 7-seater model is expected to arrive on a later date. The new model will be positioned against the likes of the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and others in its categories.
The new Ford C-SUV will be developed on the same production line that will also produce the next-gen XUV500. Despite sharing platform, the new Ford C-SUV will have Ford-like driving dynamics. Ford engineers will tweak the chassis and suspension mechanism to offer better driving experience. The SUV will share close to 75 per cent components with the XUV500; however, the design and interior will be completely different.
The new Ford C-SUV will share the engine mechanics with the next-gen Mahindra XUV500. It will be offered with 2 engine options – a 2.0-litre, turbocharged diesel and a new 2.0-litre mStallion turbocharged petrol. The diesel engine is likely to produce around 180bhp of power and close to 450Nm of torque. On the other side, the turbocharged petrol engine is capable of producing 190bhp of power and 380Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.
The Ford Motor Company and Mahindra & Mahindra joint venture is also developing an all-new mid-sized SUV, which will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks. This SUV will is likely to be launched in 2022. The JV is also developing 2 new utility vehicles including an all-new C-segment MPV and a sub-4 meter SUV.