Mahindra and Ford as we speak deepened the scope of their partnership by asserting the co-development of a mid-size C-segment SUV for which Mahindra will present the platform and powertrain.
"Having recognized a number of areas for joint growth, each firms will proceed to work collectively to develop merchandise utilizing widespread product platforms. It will scale back product growth prices and acquire economies of scale for each firms,” Pawan Goenka, managing director, M&M Ltd stated.
In February 2019, Autocar India had exclusively reported about Ford's upcoming new SUV that can emerge out of the newly shaped alliance with Mahindra. Will probably be primarily based on the platform underpinning the next-generation Mahindra XUV500 (codename: W601). Although Ford will share the mechanicals and powertrain, it won’t be a mere badge-engineering train. The Ford C-SUV could have an all-new exterior, a brand new inside, a barely improved chassis and its journey and dealing with will probably be true to Ford's DNA. The Ford SUV will probably be constructed on the identical line because the next-gen XUV500 in Mahindra’s Chakan plant.
Anticipated to be launched round end-2020, Mahindra’s W601 will probably be constructed on an all-new monocoque platform and is prone to have an extended wheelbase and a bigger rear overhang, in comparison with the present XUV500.
Powering the W601 will probably be Mahindra's new-generation, state-of-the-art, 2.Zero-litre diesel that’s anticipated to develop as much as a whopping 180hp. This BS-VI-compliant engine will probably be shared with Ford's C-SUV as properly.
Ford is probably going to offer the touchscreen infotainment system to be used in each the SUVs. Sitting a stage beneath its Sync3 suite, the brand new system is prone to get a display screen just like that on the lower-spec EcoSport, however with a number of upgrades.
In a joint assertion, each carmakers stated that the strategic alliance between the 2 is concentrated on leveraging Ford’s world attain and experience, and Mahindra’s scale and profitable working mannequin in India. Additional areas of collaboration embody electrification, distribution and product growth. In October final 12 months, Mahindra agreed to produce new small-capacity BS-VI-compliant petrol engines to Ford as a part of their alliance.