Ford Endeavour has again been spied in Australia by Goauto.com.au and it looks pretty much similar to what the Ford Motor Company had showcased at the Bangkok Motor Show last month, labelled as the Ford Everest.
The test mule looks almost exactly the same as the concept model which has now become a habit with Ford, it seems. The front section is believed to be sporting a big chrome laden EcoSport like trapezoid grille, which extrapolates to form a swept back headlamp assembly.
The silver grey skid plate which in turn continues to the fog lamps cluster adds a classy look to the front bumper. The huge wheel arches add a meaty look to the SUV, also the rear window which continues to the rear windscreen has a touch of its own. Overall the new model seems to be wider, fresher and more planted in comparison to the previous generation boxy set up.
The new version continues to have a ladder frame chassis with a seven seater layout. There have been no details yet about the engine options but we do hope Ford might pull up a few surprises there. The transmission duties will be administered by a six speed manual and an automatic transmission. Ford is definitely expected to launch the new Endeavour in India and in all probability, will continue assembling it via CKD kits.
The beefy beast is to be fitted with an intelligent one-touch multi-mode all-wheel-drive drivetrain for superior off-roading experience, although this feature might just be available in the top end version. This would let drivers pre-select powertrain settings for normal, snow, sand and off-road conditions.
The Endeavour is believed to be undergoing extensive snow and ice testing in the harsh Scandinavian region. Its off-roading capabilities are being tested in Australia with rumours of it being benchmarked to a Toyota Prado.
The concept model shown in Bangkok had chrome embedded ORVMs but the test mule had all black ORVMs. The new Ford Endeavour, when launched here, will continue to face the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the New Santa Fe and as usual in the price sensitive Indian market, price will hold a significant key obviously apart from the product itself!