Ford and Mahindra had joined hands last year to explore a possible alliance to develop or share powertrains, connected car technologies, architectures and others. Mahindra will also help Ford to enter into new segments where it does not have presence. The first product under this alliance product will arrive in 2020. Mahindra will launch the next-gen Mahindra XUV500, codenamed W601, in 2020. This SUV is expected to make its global debut at the next edition of Asia's biggest automotive event- Delhi Auto Expo.
The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will be based on an all-new monocoque platform. The new model will be bigger in size and will carry an all-new design. With this SUV, Mahindra will also debut the new 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is likely to produce close to 180PS of power. This engine will be around 30PS more powerful than the existing 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. What's interesting is that Ford will also use this platform to develop a India-specific C-segment SUV.
Codenamed W605, the Ford's new C-segment SUV is expected to be launched in late 2020 or early 2021. The new platform will be developed at Mahindra's Chakan based plant. It is expected that Ford could use this plant to develop this SUV as well. Not just platform, Ford's SUV will also share powertrains and components with the XUV500. However, it will come with a completely different design and engine state of tunes.
The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will be designed by Mahindra's design studios with the help of Italian design house, Pininfarina. It is expected that the Ford's version of the SUV will take design cues from the popular F150 pick-up truck. The Ford SSUV will be powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer. Front-wheel-drive layout will come as standard, while the top-spec model would receive the AWD system. Ford could introduce the C-segment SUV in both 5- and 7-seat layouts, while next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will be offered in 7-seat configuration.
Media reports claim that by using common architecture and manufacturing facility, the alliance would save a lot of money and time. The report says that Ford and Mahindra could save over 7,000 crore.
Ford and Mahindra are also in talks for a B-segment SUV and an all-electric car for the Indian market. It is expected that Ford could use the SsangYong's X100 platform to develop a B-segment SUV. This platform also underpins the much-awaited Mahindra XUV300. Mahindra is also working on a 7-seater version of the XUV300, which will be sit above 4 meters.