Ford and Mahindra broke up their joint venture. We were supposed to get new SUVs from both the manufacturers that would be jointly developed by them. However, now both the manufacturers are working on their own vehicles. Mahindra recently teased the XUV 700 whereas there has been no official announcement from the manufacturer. However, we do know that they are working on a new SUV that would rival the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The “Ford C-SUV” as it is known could share its platform with the Territory crossover that is sold in the international markets.
Here, we have a render that has been done by KDesign that gives us a hint about how the new SUV might end up looking like. These images are purely artists imaginations and the final product from Ford might end up looking entirely different.
The front fascia of the render looks like a hybrid between the recently unveiled Ford Equator and the Ford Ecosport. So, the blacked-out grille and the steep bonnet is very similar to the one found on the Ecosport. The headlamp on the other hand are inspired by the Ford Equator. The LED Daytime Running Lamp is the same one found on the Equator. It has a kink at the end and the artist has decided to continue the Daytime Running Light across the width of the SUV. So there is a sleek light strip placed in the front of the SUV. The headlamps are placed in different housing that is lower than what you would expect. This kind of headlamps has become a new trend.
There is a silver skid plate in the lower half of the bumper and front parking sensors mounted into the bumper. Because the headlamps are placed so low, there are no fog lamps in the SUV. At the side profile, there are roof rails and turn indicators mounted on the outside rearview mirrors. The SUV has been given a floating roof design with B and C pillar being blacked out. It also runs on newly designed 5-spoke alloy wheels that are blacked-out. There is a strong character line that starts on the front fender, crosses both the door handles and meets the rear tail light.
At the rear, there is a sleek pair of LED tail lamps which are connected by a light bar. We can also see a rear wiper with a washer and a high mounted stop lamp. There is a chunky bumper finished in black. There is a silver rear skid plate and two exhaust pipes. The rear design of the render does look very muscular and has a very aggressive road presence.
The new SUV has been codenamed CX757 internally. After the break up of the joint venture, Ford is likely to use the platform from the Territory. It has a similar wheelbase to Mahindra XUV 700 which measures 2,716 mm. The design of the CX757 has been done by Pininfarina which is one of the most well-known design houses in the world. It will be a 7-seater SUV that is expected to get a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. The launch timeline of the SUV is not known till now.