Mahindra and Ford were involved in a Joint Venture a couple of years ago which was supposed to spawn a bunch of products including the Mahindra XUV700-based C-SUV.
In these latest design renditions, the Mahindra XUV700-based Ford SUV is shown. As per the Joint Venture (which now stands annulled), Ford and Mahindra were supposed to co-develop a bunch of SUVs like a next-gen XUV500-based SUV (which is now known as the XUV700), a Creta-rivalling mid-size SUV and the next-gen EcoSport with the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine from Mahindra’s mStallion family. Now that the JV is called off and Ford has left the country, the digital version of what the SUV would’ve looked like is here.
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Mahindra XUV700-Based Ford SUV
Through these renderings, one could clearly make out the elements that resemble the XUV700. Firstly, this SUV features a monocoque chassis which is visible in these images. Secondly, the roofline and side pillar design clearly look like the XUV700 too. Apart from that, the front fascia is quite broad with a massive grille garnished with chrome inserts, super-sleek LED DRLs flanking it, rugged from the bumper with fog lamp housing on the edges and an upright bonnet lending it a butch SUV stance.
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On the sides, the sloping roofline toward the rear, black side body cladding, stylish alloy wheels, prominent wheel arches and blacked-out side pillars with chrome frame make the SUV look modern. At the rear, the black roof, shark fin antenna and roof-mounted spoiler offer a sporty appearance. In addition to that, the split-LED taillamps are connected by a black glass panel making the rear end look wider than it is. The horizontal reflector lights and rugged bumper with silver inserts make the SUV look much tougher. The overall silhouette is reminiscent of the XUV700, especially with the flush-fitting door handles.
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This SUV was supposed to get the same powertrain options as the XUV700. The latter comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit that churns out a maximum power of 200 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. Meanwhile, the Diesel engine is available in multiple states of tune. The lower versions get 155 PS and 360 Nm, while the higher positioned models benefit from 185 PS and 420 Nm (450 Nm in automatic variant). Both the petrol and diesel engine variants will be available with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission choices. The prices range between Rs 13.18 lakh and Rs 24.58 lakh, ex-showroom. Now we know what the XUV700-based Ford SUV would’ve looked like.