Ford's Jeep Compass rival to launch in India around 2021 - Report

28/03/2018 - 15:27 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Last week Ford confirmed that it had planned a new C-SUV to be co-developed with Mahindra for India. According to a report from Moneycontrol, the new Ford C-SUV's launch will take place around 2021.

Ford Kuga Vignale Concept front three quarter at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Detouring from the 'One Ford' strategy, the Blue Oval has decided to launch a made-for-India C-SUV. Ford Kuga Vignale Concept pictured.

In an interview with the business publication, Mahindra & Mahindra MD Dr. Pawan Goenka revealed a few details of the Ford-Mahindra alliance's plans. Speaking about the jointly-developed C-SUVs, he said:

The CSUVs as we call it, which will be a Mahindra platform on which there will be a Ford vehicle that will probably get launched – the Ford vehicle – somewhere in 2021 or thereabouts.

Detouring from the 'One Ford' strategy, Ford has decided to launch a made-for-India C-SUV instead of bringing down the globally sold Ford Kuga (Ford Escape). The company will likely use the next-gen Mahindra XUV500's platform for this model. It should offer higher safety than the current Mahindra XUV500's platform, as Mahindra plans to achieve a 5-star ANCAP safety rating for the next-gen Mahindra XUV500. The co-developed C-SUVs may share Mahindra-developed engines as well.

Ford Kuga Vignale Concept rear three quarter at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Ford will use a Mahindra platform for its C-SUV in India.

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The Ford C-SUV will compete with the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in India. Its prices could start at well below INR 20 lakh (ex-showroom).

[Source: Moneycontrol]


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