Ford’s C-SUV could be introduced towards the end of next year or in 2021; likely to have several commonalities with the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 With the BSVI emission norms fast approaching, manufacturers are working against the clock to make their existing, as well as upcoming models, stick by the stringent regulations coming into effect in April 1, 2020. With several smaller diesel engine deemed not feasible for running due to the costs involved in BSVI upgrades, they will eventually be discontinued. Mahindra & Mahindra will be dropping the 1.2-litre diesel engine found in the KUV100 and the homegrown auto major is looking at ways to streamline its local range as only five platforms will be used in the BSVI era. The company also has a partnership with Ford and each architecture is expected to bring in around 50,000 to 70,000 units to attain profitability. Mahindra has embarked on some significant projects with Ford and it includes the former supplying a small capacity engine for use in latter’s vehicles. The first product to spawn out of the growing relationship is Ford’s C-segment SUV. With the Blue Oval struggling to make a strong footing in the domestic market, the upcoming model could prove to be very crucial.
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