Spied – India-bound next gen Ford Endeavour continues testing in China
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The next gen Ford Endeavour (called as Everest in some markets) which is expected to be make its global debut next year, has been spotted testing in China once again. Though most of the details are hidden under the camouflage, it’s easy to make out that the car stays true to the Ford Everest concept which was unveiled in Thailand this year.
Our rendering based on previous spyshots shows that the new Endeavour’s design is a departure from the current car’s boxy appearance. The new gen SUV has a brawny stance with a prominent chrome-finished hexagonal grille.
The interior is expected to be fully revamped and is reported to be equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia infotainment system which supports Ford’s SYNC and AppLink systems.
As far as engine options are concerned, the India-spec model is likely to continue with its existing 2.5-litre and 3-litre motors however, a new set of 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions is expected to replace the current 5-speed units. The company will reportedly get rid of the dated leaf-spring suspension system at the rear and add a coil spring setup instead.
The current Ford Endeavour for India is being assembled at the company’s Chennai facility using CKD kits from Thailand. This arrangement would continue with the next gen model as well.
Competitors: Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, Ssangyong Rexton, Isuzu MU-7
Expected Price: INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Ford Everest Concept – Image Gallery
[Spy images from Auto.ifeng.com]