The next Ecosport will serve as the basis for future Ford SUVs

Fordhas been involved in a bit difficult situations in recent times. The carmaker first announced the cancellation of its joint venture with Mahindra and Mahindra, which affects the possiblepowertrains and platformsthat they could share.In addition, it confirmed the closure of its plants in Brazil, whereEcosportandKavehicles were produced.

Ford India has launched new variants of its compact SUV EcoSport.
Ford India has launched new variants of its compact SUV EcoSport.

However, while testing new engines for the Ecosport SUV in India, Ford and Mahindra decidednot to exchange propellants and platforms.This will be done for models, work for which was almost halfway through.

So, should the future generation of the compact Ecosport SUV see the light of day, it willnot come with Mahindra impellers.According to reports, the other midsize SUV in development will not have a platform from the Indian car manufacturer, but could incorporate thearchitecture of Territory platform, which it uses for its cars sold in China.

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Thus, the Ecosport will continue to reach countries like Argentina, while the hatchback will have no substitute.On the other hand, Ford announced that it willproduce the next generationof theRangerin the country mentioned above from 2023, while awaitingthe arrival of the newBronco,Bronco Sport,Maverick, among others.

It is worth mentioning that in Indiadifferent projects werealsobeing carried out, in order to give life to a new mid-size SUV and the future Ecosport SUV.In addition,an imageof a Sport Utility modelleaked inrecent months, sparkingrumours.

On the other hand, there aredifferent projectsthat were frozen after the closure of factories in Brazil and the separation from Mahindra.A clear example of this is thethird generationof the Ecosport SUV, which has already been seen and spied in tests.

It is important to mention that Ford's new models could suffer delays due to thischange in strategyby the Blue Oval company.However, these vehicles could be released in the not-so-distant future.

First Published Date: 29 Mar 2021, 12:00 PM IST
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