Ford will not just build one or two SUVs from its partnership with Mahindra. No less than five new Ford SUVs will come out of this partnership, which will involve heavy parts and platform sharing. Of the five new SUVs, three will be sub-4 meter models. The all-new EcoSport, which is being developed for a 2020 launch in India is one of the five new SUVs that Ford is building under the Mahindra-Ford partnership. It’s code-named the B680 for now. It remains to be seen if the B680 (new EcoSport) will be an India specific model or a global model. Ford has already testing the all-new EcoSport globally. So, it will be interesting to see the approach Ford takes for the Indian market.
The other sub-4 meter SUV from Ford is code-named the B763, and this SUV will directly take on the Maruti Vitara Brezza. This means that Ford may match the Vitara Brezza variant-to-variant with this new SUV. The third sub-4 meter SUV will be derived from the Ssangyong Tivoli (which Mahindra will also launch in the Indian market this year). A clear timeline on when Ford will launch the Tivoli-derived SUV remains unknown for now. The fourth SUV will be a Hyundai Creta rival, and is code-named B563. The fifth SUV will take on the Jeep Compass, and will sit above the Creta. It’ll use the same platform as the next-generation Mahindra XUV500.
Ford is expected to lend Mahindra its Dragon range of newly-developed petrol engines. Mahindra in turn will offer Bharat Stage 6 emission norms compliant diesel engines to Ford. This will allow both car makers to save on development costs that the advent of BS6 emission norms require. The significant badge engineering between Ford and Mahindra could make both automakers more profitable in the hugely competitive Indian market. In the coming months, expect more details about these SUVs to be revealed.
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