Ford and Mahindra joined hands in India some time ago and the first product that will be jointly developed by the brands is nearing its production date. The all-new Mahindra XUV500-based Ford SUV will be launched next year. While the test mule of the all-new XUV500 has been spotted multiple times on the road, all we know about the design of Ford’s iteration is that it will be designed by the renowned Italian design firm – Pininfarina.
Well, here is the first rendering image that suggests what the all-new Ford’s SUV will look like when it is launched. The rendered image is made by Pratyush Rout for Rushlane and is based on a spy shot that claims to be Ford’s version of Mahindra XUV500. It should be noted that the production version of the vehicle can look very different from this rendering imaged. It is purely based on speculation.
The rendered image shows a wide grille that extends to become LED DRLs. The main headlamp cluster is located below forming a split headlamp set-up. The lamps inside are stacked vertically instead of horizontally. It gets a strong creased bonnet and looks quite butch too.
Codenamed as CX757, the Ford’s 7-seater SUV is designed by Pininfarina, which is owned by Mahindra. Since it is an all-new vehicle and will be the first vehicle from the partnership, we are not sure about its looks yet. While both the SUVs will look very different from each other on the outside, to save the cost, a lot of things will be shared when it comes to the cabin. Both vehicles will have identical powertrains and transmission options.
Coming to the cabin, Ford’s CX757 will offer a dual-screen set-up, which will be similar to the XUV500. A lot of features, including connected technology and driving aids can be expected too.
The powertrain and transmission details are not known. Most likely, Ford will use the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that powers the all-new Mahindra Thar. The same engine will also power the all-new XUV500. Both the SUVs will also offer the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that also made its debut with the all-new Thar. Both the engine options will get a manual as well as an automatic transmission. It is not known if AWD system, which is available with the current-generation XUV500 will be carried forward to the all-new SUV. Nonetheless, the diesel engine in the Ford and Mahindra’s upcoming SUVs will produce around 190 PS while the petrol engine will produce more power than the Thar’s version.
The all-new Mahindra Mahindra XUV500 has been spotted in near-production guise and it will be launched officially next year. The Ford’s iteration of the same vehicle will be launched in 2022. The all-new vehicle will fill the gap between the Ford EcoSport and the Endeavour in Ford’s India model line-up.
Ford is planning to bring in a lot of new launches in the Indian market next year. The brand plans to offer the Ford Focus hatchback, Focus ST – a performance version, Raptor Ranger – a high-performance pick-up, Figo and EcoSport turbo-petrol.