Last week, a confirmation has been received from Ford, regarding its plan for a new C-SUV to be co-developed with Mahindra for India. A report from Moneycontrol has revealed that the new Ford C-SUV's launch will take place around 2021. In an interview with the business publication, Dr.Pawan Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra MD, has divulged a few details as far as the Ford-Mahindra alliance’s plans are concerned. In his statement regarding the jointly developed C-SUVs, he said that it will be a Ford vehicle on a Mahindra platform and that it will probably be launched sometime in 2021.
Detouring from the 'One Ford' strategy, Ford has decided to launch a made-for-India C-SUV instead of bringing down the Ford Kuga which is sold globally. In all likelihood, the company will use the next-gen Mahindra XUV500’s platform for this model. It should offer higher safety than the current Mahindra XUV500's platform, given than Mahindra aims to achieve a safety rating of 5-star ANCAP for the next-gen XUV500. It is also interesting to note that the co-developed C-SUVs may share Mahindra-developed engines as well.