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.
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.
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]