Mahindra has provided more info about the Mahindra XUV400 and Ford B-SUV engines.
In October last year, Mahindra joined hands with Ford in India and the companies started operating in several areas of cooperation.
The collaboration will produce four new SUVs on the product front (two each from Mahindra and Ford) that are being co-developed for the Indian and International markets.
While much is known about the next-gen XUV500 and its Ford derivative, we have fresh details on the engines that will power Mahindra-Ford ‘s second (and smaller) pair of SUVs (possibly including the Mahindra XUV400) a little later.
The new Mahindra-Ford B-segment SUVs will be fresh models put underneath the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 (W601) and its twin Ford (W605).
These SUVs, known internally as the Mahindra S204 and Ford B745, will be about 4.3 m long, will feature monocoque construction, and will have either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive depending on the variant and target market.
Both of these models have long been green-lighted for production. Moreover, there are talks that the Mahindra variant could be christened as the ‘Mahindra XUV400’ in line with the company’s alphanumeric naming strategy, as it slots between the XUV300 and XUV500.
The Mahindra S204 and Ford B745 would have a lot of differences in the powertrain. We can confirm that Mahindra’s G15 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine will drive those SUVs. This direct-injection unit is churning out a good 163 hp and is doing duty aboard the SsangYong Korando SUV.
The next gen BS6 Marazzo petrol will also feature the same engine for the Indian market. This engine is part of the Mahindra G-series mStallion petrol engine family that also includes a 1.2-liter direct-injection turbo-petrol version that will power the XUV300 Sportz in the coming months.
The Mahindra-Ford SUVs will also have a diesel engine, most likely a 1.5-liter four-cylinder derivative seen on the Mahindra Marazzo MPV.
While the development of these SUVs is ongoing, the first product will be from the larger C-segment combo, most likely the next-gen XUV500 which has already been spotted multiple times on test. Mahindra has reaffirmed that the SUV will see a market launch by the end of 2021, despite the COVID-19 related delays.
The company has stated that, as far as the B-segment models go (Mahindra S204 and Ford B745) they will most likely be launched in FY22.