Ford India testing 3 prototypes of the Ford B563 (Hyundai i20/Maruti Baleno rival)
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Just a day after the news Ford working on a premium hatchback based on the B563 platform emerged, a snippet suggests the company has already commenced testing the new model at its manufacturing facility in Sanand, Gujarat. Team BHP member Avinash posted the information on the forum along with more details.
According to the source, there are currently three prototypes of the Ford B563 undergoing testing. All three are heavily camouflaged hiding much of the exterior of the hatchback. Quite obviously, the B563 will be bigger than the Ford Figo. However, in terms of design, the front and rear will bear a passing resemblance to the Figo, but will get an all-new striking rear profile. The report also adds that the front will be reminiscent of Ford’s B-Max MPV.
Ford will offer the upcoming hatchback with engines bigger than the Figo’s. This info seems consistent with the previous report that claims the new made in India 1.5 L Dragon engine that will power the new EcoSport will also do duty for the Ford B563 hatchback and sedan siblings.
The new hatchback based on the B563 will not arrive until 2020. Ford will be relying on this new product to increase its market share in the passenger vehicle segment. As of June 2017, Ford’s market share stood at a little over 3%. The B563 hatchback could also be exported from India.
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[Source – Team-BHP]