Mahindra-Ford JV’s 1st SUV Will Challenge Kia Seltos In India; Can be Priced Under Rs 15 Lakh! (5 Facts)
The Indian car company Mahindra and the American car maker giant Ford entered into a Joint Venture last year, where Mahindra had an upper hand of 51% stake while Ford is to own a 49% stake in the JV.
Through this JV, the two participating car makers will co-develop, market and distribute the Ford vehicles in the Indian market.
A highlight of this plan is to create and launch a new compact SUV, which woujld give a strong bash to its rivals, like Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass.
This JV is anticipated to produce and launch into the Indian markets, around 9 SUVs in the year 2020. This upcoming Mahindra-Ford SUV is among one of these 9 SUVS.
Among many others, let’s learn the top 5 features about this SUV.
Platform Sharing With Next-gen Mahindra XUV500
The upcoming Mahindra-Ford SUV is will be have the modern platform on it, similar to the next generation Mahindra XUV500.
We have covered a whole different article related to the features and all the key-points of glory, about the next generation Mahindra XUV500.
The main point which we would like to bring up here is that just like the latter, the Mahindra-Ford SUV could as well be bolstered by an all-new platform, which would improve the dynamics and crash safety, as compared to the current models.
Shall Contain a Mahindra 2.0L Engine
If you though that the platform on which the whole SUV will operate is the only things that the Mahindra-Ford SUV would share with the next generation Mahindra XUV500, then we are here to fill you in with more details.
The upcoming 2020 Mahindra-Ford SUV would as well be powered by Mahindra’s all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine, complaint for a BS-VI model.
The motor is likely to offer a maximum power of 180 hp. This same feature shall be used in the next-generation models of the Thar and Scorpio, however with varying power units.
This SUV will come with a different suspension setup for better road-handling.
Only work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
With all the best internal features like speed control, engine descriptions, power handling capacity and many more, the only thing that we haven’t spoken until now is about the aesthetics of this much awaited 2020 Mahindra-Ford SUV.
This is the one of the first parameters responsible for building up a repo with the purchaser.
Although the engine and the platform will be contributed by the home company Mahindra, particularly the next generation Mahindra XUV500, the aesthetics of the 2020 Mahindra-Ford SUV will be highly contributed by the American car maker Ford.
This SUV model will not have the generic outlines of a Mahindra model, aesthetically.
The exterior and interior design of the new model will be based on the Ford design theme and will be exclusive to the upcoming SUV.
We have already spoken of all the major features of the upcoming 2020 Mahindra-Ford SUV. So now last but certainly not the least, the latter would share its touchscreen infotainment unit with the all-new Mahindra XUV500.
However, there wouldn’t be even the slightest of the changes in this interface or its graphics. The SYNC3 system found on the top-spec EcoSport or Aspire won’t be used in the upcoming compact SUV.
Launch & Price
Now that we have covered a whole article on this 2020 Mahindra-Ford SUV, the main questions which would have crossed your minds are when is the SUV known to launch and how much would it cost?
The 2020 Mahindra-Ford SUV is likely to be launched around some time in the mid, next year.
Speaking of the pricings, we have come to know that its price will be at par with that of the next-gen Mahindra XUV500.
Currently, the XUV500 retails at a price range of Rs 12.31 – 18.62 lakh, while the next generation of the SUV could easily cost Rs 13.5-20 lakh.
Hence, even the Ford-badged SUV, which could share a similar price bracket with the next-generation model of the XUV500.
We will keep you updated with the most recent news of the same. Keep tracking.