It’s the end of the road for Ford and Mahindra, as leading media reports suggest that both the brands have called off their partnership on the engine and platform sharing supply pacts.
Earlier this year both the brands also shelved the plans on developing vehicles. This means that Mahindra & Mahindra will no longer be supplying the engine to ford, this also means that M&M will no longer be supplying the updated Ford EcoSport with its 1.2-litre petrol unit.
However, it will continue to support its 1.5-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel motor. It was also speculated that Ford’s new C-segment SUV would have features M&M’s 2-litre petrol and 2.2 diesel engines, but it seems this too is a lost cause.
The two companies also had plans to develop a new C-segment SUV code-named “Project Black” which has now been shelved due to obvious reasons. This in-tern will also have a huge impact on costs for both the brand and it will be a treat for us to see how they cope-up with this.
However, there is no formal communication from either of the brands. The reason behind the split also remains unknown. According to a leading media report, M&M will now never enter the engine supply arrangements.
While Ford has already started working on creating a new Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos rival codenamed BX772 and a new sub-4 meter SUV codenamed BX-744. Both the SUV’s are scheduled to launch in India by the end of 2021 or in the second quarter of 2022.