Just barely days after we brought you news about the Ford-Mahindra coalition and the former looking to cease operations in India, there is a confirmation. Mahindra as well as Ford have issued a statement that there is a new SUV being jointly developed by both. This C-segment SUV will be in showrooms sometime by 2021. It is the Mahindra XUV500 replacement. While Mahindra will supply a new chassis as well as powertrain for the same, Ford is likely to help with the telematics side. Both the companies, a few months ago, had signed an agreement on connected car solutions as well as powertrain sharing.
Do you have any specifics about the Ford-Mahindra SUV?
Apart from the fact that there is an all-new platform involved as well as that the engine will be BS-VI compliant, there isn’t much. Ford is likely to develop its own version as well. However, not much has been spoken about this. We believe that the next-gen XUV500 will not only be bigger but also boast class leading infotainment system. The latter is one part where most of the Mahindra vehicles lag and Ford has recently proved that it is an expert in this department.
The Ford-Mahindra coalition will look to leverage the global reach of the American carmaker while the product packaging efficiency of the latter will be utilised. This upcoming new product will be first sold in the Indian market while the emerging nations too will get this vehicle at a later stage. Ford-Mahindra also have a pact in place where the latter will supply low capacity petrol engines to the Blue Oval.
Pawan Goenka, managing director, M&M Ltd. said, “I am happy with the significant progress we have made and synergies we have created since the announcement of our strategic alliance with Ford in 2017. Today’s announcement is another significant step in the collaboration between our two companies. Having identified several areas for joint development, both companies will continue to work together to develop products using common product platforms. This will reduce product development costs and gain economies of scale for both companies.”