Ford is reportedly working on two engines – Panther (2.2-litre diesel) and Dragon (1.2-litre petrol) – which will have India as their global production base. The former would power models like the new Endeavour (also called as the Everest in some markets) while the latter will go under the hoods compact models such as the Figo, Figo Aspire, etc.
Livemint reports that, both these engines will be ready by 2017. The 2.2-litre Panther diesel engine is likely to replace the upcoming Endeavour’s 2.5-litre diesel motor. The Panther will also increase the localization level of the premium SUV, resulting in a possible price reduction. Ford India is reportedly aiming to sell 1,000 units of the vehicle per month by 2017.
The Ford Dragon engine (1.2-litre petrol) is being engineered to offer class leading fuel efficiency. The compact displacement motor is expected to replace the current 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol unit of the new Figo twins once they are ready for a facelift in 2017.
Ford India has powertrain manufacturing facilities at both Maraimalainagar (Chennai) and Sanand plants with a combined annual capacity of 6.1 lakh units. By manufacturing global engine families, the Indian subsidiary will benefit from increased quantum of business which is a key to sustainability.
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Via – Livemint.com