Mahindra and Ford will go ahead with its plan to jointly produce C-segment SUVs for the Indian market despite both companies calling off its proposed joint venture. 

Ford’s C-SUV will share its underpinnings with the new XUV500 (W601)

Will be contract manufactured by Mahindra at its Chakan plant

Will come with the same petrol and diesel engine options as the new XUV500.

Ford C-SUV for India:  What’s the plan ahead

While both the brands have mutually agreed to call of their proposed joint venture, Ford’s version of Mahindra’s upcoming XUV500 (W605) will still see light of day.  Ford and Mahindra had decided to jointly work on the new C-segment SUV under a separate agreement called “Project Black.”  Both brands had begun work on this SUV long ago and have made significant investments and the project is in advance stages of development.   This new SUV from Ford, as reported by us first, will share its underpinnings with the new XUV500 that is expected to see a market launch by April this year.  The Ford version is expected to hit the showrooms after a gap of around eight-to-nine months which means an early 2022 debut can be expected. 

Ford C-SUV for India: What we know so far

While both SUVs will share a lot of common bits including the powertrain and underpinnings,  both models will have a unique exterior and interior design and like the new XUV500 will have familiar styling cues from the outgoing model, its Ford version is expected to have styling cues from other newer Ford SUVs like the new Ford Equator (pictured) that are on sale overseas.  While test-mules of the next-gen XUV500 (W601) have been spotted regularly across the country, there hasn’t been a single sighting of the Ford version yet.  Ford’s C-SUV for India will be the brand’s second three-row offering after the Endeavour but will sit at a much lower price point, thus filling the much-needed gap between the Ecosport and the Endeavour in Ford’s India line-up. 

Mahindra Ford JV: Ecosport 1.2 turbo-petrol plans unaffected

Along with the C-SUV project, the decision for Mahindra to supply its 1.2-liter TGDi turbo-petrol engine to Ford for the EcoSport as announced earlier also stays in place. This engine will essentially be a replacement for the EcoSport 1.0 turbo-petrol variant that was discontinued last year just before BS6 norms came into effect. This version of the EcoSport is expected to launch later this year.

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