Mahindra will develop and supply a small displacement BSVI petrol engine to Ford and it will be used in existing and future vehicles from 2020
Mahindra and Ford have further consolidated their partnership by penning down two new deals. In regards to connected car solutions and powertrain, the new agreements exemplify the positive direction both companies are heading towards in achieving mutual benefits.
As part of the deal on powertrain, Mahindra Group will be developing a small displacement petrol engine for Ford’s India operation and it will be utilised for the future as well as existing cars going forward from 2020. The strategic alliance emphasises on using each other’s strengths in different departments.
While Mahindra will assist Ford in expanding its domestic footprint, the American auto major will reportedly return the favour in global arena. Since the new powerplant is scheduled for 2020, it will comply with BSVI emission standards and will aid Ford to have a wider portfolio of petrol engines.
It is worth noting that Ford introduced a new 1.2-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine in Freestyle and Aspire facelift with 96 PS and 120 Nm outputs. Moreover, the EcoSport facelift received a new 1.5-litre unit in November 2017 developing 120 PS with six-speed torque converter automatic and paddle shift function.
Both the Dragon series petrol engines are more fuel efficient and powerful than their predecessors. Going by Mahindra’s standard the new petrol mill could have handful of torquey performance while having good fuel economy. Mahindra and Ford will also develop a telematics control unit together as part of new connected vehicle solutions and it will be used in vehicles across each brand.
The companies are endeavouring to build vehicles by leveraging each other’s platforms and the first product coming out of the synergy will be a midsize SUV. It will capitalise on Mahindra’s architecture while Ford will have vast involvement in the R&D aspects.
Mahindra and Ford are speculated to have their own versions of the SUV while zero-emission mobility solutions and a probable compact SUV may well be in the pipeline as well. An electric vehicle based on Ford Aspire with Mahindra’s EV underpinnings could also be on the cards. The duo kicked off the relationship in September 2017 and it was followed by more agreements earlier this year.