Back in August, we reported that the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco, which was specifically developed for the North American market, would not be sold in Europe. However, as Ford Authority exclusively reported recently, the automaker is somewhat open to building a right-hand-drive version of the Ford Bronco in the future, seemingly leaving the door open for a global model. And on the heels of that little tidbit, Economic Times India is reporting that both the Bronco and Ranger Raptor could also make their way to India.
According to the report, Ford has created a separate workstream to launch high performance vehicles including the Ford Mustang BS-VI in the country. Additionally, the automaker is considering bringing not only the Bronco and Ranger Raptor to the Indian market, but also the Focus RS.
Ford is apparently keen to reinforce its image in India, a highly competitive market with over a dozen brands currently on sale. Plus, the main rival of the Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler, is already on sale in other parts of the world.
In addition to the introduction of these performance-oriented models, Ford is also preparing to launch refreshed versions of its Figo, Freestyle, and EcoSport models in India, as well as introduce C- and B-segment crossovers developed in conjunction with Mahindra.
Back in August, we reported that the joint venture between Ford and Mahindra will produce a pair of new crossovers including a B-segment model for both automakers which will share a platform and engine. The former is expected to be Ford’s VX-772 platform, while the latter will reportedly consist of Mahindra’s gas 1.5L turbocharged gas-powered four-cylinder. Its also expected that a diesel engine will be available as well. The new SUVs will be available with either front- or all-wheel-drive. Currently, these new compact SUVs are expected to launch in the second half of 2022.
Ford and Mahindra’s other joint project, a larger C-segment SUV, is expected to launch sooner – 2021 for the Mahindra model, and 2022 for the Ford. Those models, codenamed W601 and W605, are being developed on Mahindra’s architecture. The W601 is expected to be produced by Ford, while the W605 will be built by Mahindra, and both will be powered by the latter’s 2.0L turbocharged gas four-cylinder powerplant.
Ford and Mahindra’s joint venture is also expected to spawn some sort of electric vehicle or vehicles. It’s similar to what The Blue Oval’s partnership with Volkswagen is attempting to achieve, and that’s leveraging the economies of scale to share the expenses of vehicle and technology development while continuing to roll out new products.
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