Ford Files Patent For C-Segment SUV – To Rival Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos In India | V3Cars

After halting the sale of their Chennai manufacturing plant to the JSW Group, Ford India have now filed a patent for a compact SUV. The latest patent application has reignited rumours of Ford making a comeback in India.

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Ford Files Patent For Creta-Rivaling SUV

The latest patent application shows a C-segment SUV that could potentially rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the MG Astor in India. The SUV in the patent image looks eerily similar to the prototype Ford were developing with Mahindra back in 2020 until the deal collapsed in December that year.

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The front profile of this C-segment SUV looks quite aggressive thanks to a muscular bonnet and large concave grille flanked by LED DRLs. The headlamps are positioned on the front bumper. The side profile features body cladding on the wheel arches and lower half of the doors. While the rear of the SUV is not visible in the patent image, we expect it to borrow styling elements from the Ford Kuga SUV sold in Europe and other global markets.

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We could expect Ford to equip this SUV with features like a large touchscreen infotainment system, a digital driver’s display, a sunroof, 360-degree camera, wireless charger, and ADAS features to help it perform well in the fierce C-segment. The powertrain specifications of the Ford SUV is not known at the moment. It’s worth mentioning that filing a patent for a new car doesn’t necessarily guarantee a launch in the country. 

Earlier in January, Ford filed a patent for the new generation Endeavour in India. If Ford plan on making a comeback in India, we expect them to launch the Endeavour first via the completely knocked down (CKD) route and follow it up with the launch of the Mach E as their flagship electric SUV. Both these SUVs are likely to be priced above Rs. 50.0 lakh (ex-showroom) and are not expected to generate enough volumes to justify Ford’s return in India. While a C-segment SUV could perform well for Ford in India, it does have its work cut out for it as it will contend with some of the best-selling SUVs in the country. Watch this space for more news about Ford’s comeback in India.

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Nikil Jonathan

Nikil's a huge fan of classic cars, especially Italian beauties such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint and the Iso Grifo. His love for cars and bikes originated when he first laid his eyes on a poster of the Ferrari F40 and the MV Agusta F4 when he was just a child. He also loves all things analogue, especially vintage cameras and turntables.


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