Ford’s upcoming C-segment SUV that will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass and MG Hector is expected to launch in India in 2022. In the meantime, the carmaker has plans to refresh its existing cars -- EcoSport and Figo -- and add some global models in its portfolio.
Ranger Raptor pickup, Focus hatchback, Focus ST and Bronco are some of the cars that are under consideration to be imported in India. These cars will be brought under the 2,500 unit homologation exception rule -- so these will be available in limited numbers and will be specced as per their home market.
The Ranger Raptor and Bronco share their platform with the Endeavour, and while these cars will be imported from outside, these do have the potential to be made in India as well.
The Ranger Raptor is a full-size double-cab pickup truck that is longer, wider and also has a longer wheelbase compared to the Endeavour. The Raptor also has wider front and rear track.
Ford Ranger Raptor
Under the hood, the Ranger Raptor gets 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine making 213PS and 500Nm mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 4WD system.
Focus is a premium hatchback that sits above the Fiesta in Ford’s global lineup. It is 4,378mm long, 1,979mm wide and 1,471mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,700mm. If it goes on sale in India, it will be the biggest hatchback from any mass carmaker. Outside India, Focus is available with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 125PS/170Nm and 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 160PS/190Nm.
Focus ST is a more performance-centric model that comes with a 2.3-litre turbo petrol engine making 280PS and 420Nm mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed automatic.
Along with the above-mentioned Halo products, Ford is also gearing up to launch the next-gen Figo in 2021. It is expected to feature an all-new design along with a new set of engines. This time around, the Figo is expected to be powered by Mahindra’s m-Stallion series of engines which already does duty under the hood of Mahindra XUV300. These engines will also power the next-gen Ford EcoSport which is expected to debut by 2022.