Report – 2016 Ford Endeavour spotted with production body, to get all-new All Wheel Drive system

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The 2016 Ford Everest (Ford Endeavour in India) has been caught testing in Australia ahead of its launch early next year.

A report on Go Auto states that the 7-seater SUV will come fitted with a new an intelligent one-touch multi-mode all-wheel-drive drivetrain that will cater for a variety of driving conditions, from icy roads to off-road going.

Ford Everest side spyshot
The 2015 Ford Everest was spotted for the first time with a production body in Australia.

The report says that this system will be available in the top-end automatic variant and should allow drivers to pre-select powertrain settings for normal, snow, sand and off-road mud/ruts driving. While snow and ice testing are being undertaken in the Scandinavian region, off-road testing has been going on in the Australian outbacks, with a Toyota Prado used for benchmarking.

The Everest concept was showcased at the Bangkok Motor Show last week. The spied mule doesn’t see much of a difference between the concept, except in its wheels. While the horizontal grille remains somewhat similar – with the camouflage making it impossible to say if the chrome grille has been retained – the underskirt leading up to the foglamp assembly seems to have made it through.

Ford Everest Concept at the Bangkok Motor Show side
Ford Everest Concept at the Bangkok Motor Show for reference.

The test mule also shows black ORVMs and a black D-pillar. The bulging wheel arches at both ends are also seen on the test mule.

The new Endeavour will retain the current 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines, but would get upgraded 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.

[Source – Go Auto]

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