Ford’s 7-seater C-SUV unlikely to use XUV700 platform

Ford’s upcoming CX757 SUV could be based on the Territory.

According to a media report, Ford’s upcoming C-SUV could be based on the Territory and may not share its underpinnings with the Mahindra XUV700.

The now cancelled Ford-Mahindra joint venture was supposed to spawn a new 7-seater Ford SUV codenamed CX757. The two companies had plans to share resources to reduce development costs. However, now that both companies have formally split, Ford is said to be going ahead with the development of the new SUV, albeit based on a different platform.

The Ford Territory is sold in China and Brazil and uses a platform that is larger than the W601 architecture that underpins the XUV700. Having said that, it has a similar wheelbase.

Even though the CX757 will be using a Ford platform, the report states that it will be designed by Pininfarina, which is a Mahindra subsidiary.

Under the bonnet, it could get the 2.0-litre diesel engine that powers the Endeavour. A smaller 1.5-litre turbo-petrol could also be on offer.

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