Ford India has announced its wrap-up plan in the Indian market. While the local production has been halted with immediate effect, Ford has announced to offer its global range via the CBU route. In a nutshell, Ford enthusiasts still have the chance to own the blue oval, only if they have deeper pockets! We tell you the upcoming Ford cars in India that are slated to get launched in 2021 and 2022.
Upcoming Ford cars in India
Ford India has confirmed the launch of the Mustang GT coupe and Mustang Mach-e electric coupe SUV. Both the offerings are at the expensive side of the spectrum and won’t be in reach of an average Indian. The Mustang doesn’t need any introduction, all thanks to its cult following and affordable price tag. But Ford will be launching the MY21 model of the Mustang along with the recently launched Mach-e. Hence we give you a run-through of the upcoming Ford cars in India.
Ford Mustang GT
Ford India had sold the Mustang GT in India in 2017 and it was a great success. Its affordable price tag with a naturally aspirated V8 attracted a lot of buyers. And the astounding looks worked as the cherry on the top. The recipe for the 2021 Mustang GT is no different, largely it’s the same car with a new gearbox and small tech enhancements. Talking of the looks, it gets a revised front fascia with angular LED headlights and sportier bumpers. We also get to see a new set of 19’ alloy wheels whereas the rear profile is largely unchanged.
On the inside, the quality levels have gone up with good use of premium-quality plastics. Other than that, a fully digital instrument cluster replaces the old-school analogue dials and the infotainment supports the latest SYNC software with both Android Auto and Apple Car Play. On the powertrain front, we get the familiar 5.0-litre Ti-VCT naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine that now churns out 460Hp and 570 Nm of tarmac-tearing torque. The power is channelled via a new 10-speed automatic gearbox that replaces the older and rather lethargic 6-speed automatic gearbox. In addition to that, we get an independent rear suspension, electronic line-lock and launch control. Ford Mustang GT could be launched in the sub 80 lakh region and it will take on the likes of the M2 Competition and Mercedes-AMG C43 AMG Coupe.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford Mustang Mach-e is a spiritual electric successor to the Mustang coupe. However, it has adopted the Coupe SUV characteristics while retaining the precise dynamics. As a matter of fact, the Mustang Mach-e looks very different from the Mustang GT but it has carried over some design elements. The sleek LED headlights with three separated DRLs and the three-slot LED taillights are carried over from the Mustang GT. The flowing design of the Mach-e is further complimented by the lack of conventional door handles.
On the inside, it showcases the best of Ford in terms of tech and quality. The large vertically-stacked touchscreen sits in the middle of the dashboard and surprisingly, retains the rotary dial that floats on the screen. Unlike Tesla, Ford has offered a provisional display for the driver, which is comparatively much smaller than the central display. On the powertrain front, the Mach-e is offered in multiple trim levels. Talking about the top-spec GT trim, which produces 480Hp and a staggering 813 Nm of torque. The Mach-e GT sprints from nought to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds whereas the range is rounding 435 km.
Ford India is yet to announce its future road map for its upcoming premium range of cars. While the Mustang GT and Mach-e are confirmed, Ford could also consider launching the Bronco SUV and Ranger pick-up in the Indian market. Ford was considering launching the Ranger in India even before the wrap-up and it’s already on sale in the Australian market. Ford will now operate with a limited number of dealerships in the country, covering the larger cities.