The Mahindra-Ford joint venture which was recently announced has started developing the vehicles. The reason for the joint venture was to cut down the cost and inventories. It has been suggested that the Mahindra-Ford JV is developing the platform for the midsized utility vehicles. The platform will produce three different UVs for the Indian market. The blog will be focusing on Ford mid-sized SUV that is based on this platform.
The mid-size SUV segment has now quite heated up due to recent arrival of the 2020 Creta. Now after joining the segment by Ford and Mahindra it will make it even competitive segment. That’s quite nice news for the customers though as it will give much wider options. Now concentrating on the Ford SUV, the design is suspected to have similarities with the Ford Edge which is currently sold in European countries. It will include the LED DRLs, LED taillamps which are quite a trend now. You can refer to the image of the Ford Edge so that it will give you a good idea of design.
Mahindra recently showcased three new powertrains at the Auto Expo. It included 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol options. Considering the segment demand we expect the new Ford SUV to get 1.5-litre petrol engine that is capable of producing 163 bhp and 280 Nm peak torque. The diesel model will get a 1.5-litre engine that churns out 121 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox option will have a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Interior and features
The features will surely match the competition and the trend. It is expected with the paddle shifters, panoramic sunroof, cruise mode, etc. Driver convenience features will include auto headlamp and wiper, climate control, digital instrument cluster and so on. We expect it with a good safety rating as it is experienced with the current Mahindra cars.
The pricing of Ford mid-sized SUV is expected to be attractive. It is expected with Rs 9.5-16 lakhs(ex-showroom). It will take on the rivals like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Tata Harrier.