Ford has partnered with Mahindra to develop a new MPV for the Indian market. This new MPV will get a more powerful diesel engine. Apart from this, it is also likely to get a redesigned interior and exterior. It will be using Mahindra Marrazzo’s platform. Furthermore, the new Ford MPV will be built at Mahindra’s plant in Nashik.
According to media reports under the bonnet, the upcoming Ford MPV will use Mahindra’s most-powerful mHawk 2.2-litre diesel engine. This is the same powertrain that recently debuted in the New Mahindra Thar. It will also be powering the future Mahindra SUVs like the next-gen XUV500 and the Scorpio Sting, which are currently under the development stage. Its transmission options have not been revealed yet. However, we can expect the engine to be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
In terms of design, the upcoming Ford MPV will be borrowing Ford’s family styling cues. Furthermore, it is also likely to get a different interior similar to the ones present in the other Ford models sold in the global market. Also, the switchgear and infotainment unit will be from Ford’s kitty. Similar to Mahindra Marazzo, the new MPV will come with multiple seating configurations. It will get additional features along with the equipment offered by Mahindra. By offering unique looks and a more powerful engine, Ford aims to position the new MPV above Marrazzo in the domestic market.
Before the arrival of this new MPV, we can expect the launch of the Next-Gen Mahindra XUV500 in the Indian market. This again will be a jointly developed vehicle from the brands. Furthermore, the brands are also working on a new B-segment SUV that is expected to be launched in FY2022.
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