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Ford files a patent for a small SUV aimed at emerging markets, including India.

Ford is gearing up for a comeback in the Indian market with the launch of a new small SUV, tailored to meet the changing demands of Indian consumers. Recent developments involving its cars in the country have sparked rumors, hinting towards a positive return for Ford in India.

Among the models expected to generate significant anticipation is the Endeavour. However, Ford is also likely to rely on a new compact SUV to bolster its market presence. A previously filed patent image in India has provided a glimpse of the new car’s design, reinforcing the notion that Ford is gearing up for a re-establishment in India.

In a move aligned with Ford’s recent offerings for the Chinese market, the upcoming small SUV features a distinct front fascia highlighted by horizontally stacked LED daytime running lights (DRLs) seamlessly integrated into a bold front grille. The SUV’s rugged aesthetic is further accentuated by black wheel arch cladding, sculpted lower doors, pronounced rear haunches, and a contrasting black roof.

Inside the cabin, Ford is expected to elevate the in-car experience with the use of premium materials. Significant enhancements are anticipated, promising a more refined look and feel. Expected features include a prominent infotainment touchscreen display, digital instrument cluster, 360-degree camera, wireless charging, and compatibility with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Initially, there was speculation that the subcompact SUV, as part of the joint venture announced in 2018 between Ford and Mahindra, would be based on Ford’s VX-772 platform. However, recent speculation suggests a revision of this plan in favor of an all-Ford powertrain and platform configuration, with indications that a diesel powertrain option could be under consideration. Ford exited the Indian market in 2021 due to poor sales, resulting in a $2 billion loss.

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