New Ford C-SUV Could Be Based On XUV700 (Territory crossover)
Before that, Ford and Mahindra were here. Their reunion in October 2019 was again a ray of light for both companies together in 1995 but was strangled by 1999. The advantages were evident; for Ford, a lower cost base and Mahindra’s extensive experience in SUVs would help. Was it Mahindra who refused to invest or was not satisfied with Ford, we may never know, sadly.
However, what we know and certainly know is that ‘all bets are off now. So no XUV700 (W601) platform is shared with Ford for its C-SUV(CX757), no 130hp Mahindra 1.2 turbo petrol for EcoSport upgraded, and no next-gen FORD B-SUV Sub-four-meter or Crete’s competitor in Mahindra for this matter. Either corporation would probably not benefit.
Today the distribution of platforms is an important aspect of the numbering process; see Hyundai-Kia, Renault-Nissan, Suzuki-Toyota, and Volkswagen-Skoda. And that’s why the cost would increase for Ford and Mahindra. Yet Ford has a clever idea.
The new Ford C-SUV or CX757 is probably being designed on a Ford platform identical to the new XUV700 in scale and dimensions. As in markets like China and Brazil in the Ford Territory, the concept of the 7-seater SUV is probably the one Pininfarina was working on (incidentally, also a Mahindra-owned company).
Launched in China in late2018, the Territory is built on the FORD model with JMC or Jiangling Motors Corporation, a Chinese carmaker. Of course, the benefit is that it is developed on a lower cost basis as the Mahindra platform. Ford has taken the assistance of its R&D center in Australia to uphold requirements that ensure the maintenance of global standards. Including a software facility like augmented reality-based innovation stations, a design center, and the Asia-Pacific Product Development Center in Broadmeadows, Melbourne is known as the Asia-Pacific Development Centre.
The Endeavor project was developed here and this is where integration is expected to take place with the CX757 architecture and the JMC platform in the territory.
What works in favor is that Mahindra’s W601 is a 2.716mm wheelbase in the Territory Platform. The seven-seater would be bigger, but Ford should encourage changes to the Pininfarina configuration to be kept to a minimum since the dimensions are identical. What may also be helpful is the recent start of its version of the territory by Ford Brazil, where the Figo and Aspire were created. And, in sharing networks and other technologies, this may be important too.
Ford also selected the JMC-based platform because it is more likely to be competitive in cost than Mahindra. The Chinese car market is based on a more stable price base than India, which Ford could easily exploit.
Pininfarina in Turin has developed the new Ford C-SUV. Pininfarina is known for being one of the world’s most influential, admired design studios for Ferrari’s vehicles. And for no cause whatsoever. It is legendary as a master of exquisite dimensions, straight lines, and timeless data. And it has been rumored that New Ford C-SUV has fantastic work for India. It prompted Mahindra to examine the architecture procedure more closely.
Ford has already produced its 2.0 EcoBlue diesel in India when it comes to the engine. The Panther, as it is internally known, powered Endeavour in India, and Ford could, in principle, rotate this engine and mount it under the new Ford C-SUV cap. Hence its production and exportation to the many market areas worldwide. In front-wheel-drive vehicles like the Mondeo and the Edge, the latter an identical SUV, this does not mean starting from scratch.
In Sanand, Gujarat, where the Blue Oval already assembles many engines, FORD could also assemble its 1.5 EcoBoost. The 1.5 is made possible by Ford Europe and AVL, Austria’s engine consultants, and can be powered at 140 or 150hp, respectively. The engine is also currently on sale in China for a mild-hybrid 48V variant.
Ford may steal from the interior of the territory valuable pieces as well. It has a wealth of light colors, fake wood panels, and chrome highlights, which have been designed for markets like China and other emerging economies like Brazil. And there should not be any electronic reworking here either, with the 10.1-inch Sync Touch device already mounted. The territory also receives kits like wireless loading, a remote instrument panel, and Ford Pass, the connected automotive technology brand.
The territory also receives kits like wireless loading, a remote instrument panel, and Ford Pass, the connected automotive technology brand. However, Ford still has several cards in hand, and it could serve well for the long term to play these cards.