The new third-generation Ford Endeavour has been spotted in Pune. The camouflage free cars were spotted in one of Ford’s stockyards, hinting that the company might have commenced dealer despatch of the premium SUV.
Sold as Ford Everest in other global markets, the new Endeavour is based on the same ladder frame chassis used in the Ranger pick-up truck. The trapezoidal grille and projector headlamps at the front of the new Endeavour point towards a smoother and modern approach, while other styling cues like the bash plates, running boards and the roof rails ensure that it doesn't lose its rugged feel. The side profile sports new alloy wheels and ORVM mounted indicators.
Globally, the new Endeavour is offered with the option of either a 2.2-litre four-cylinder TDCi or a 3.2-litre five-cylinder TDCi engine. However, the two cars seen in these spy shots had the former diesel mill under the hood. This engine delivers 160bhp of power and 385Nm of torque through a six-speed automatic gearbox. We can expect a marked improvement in driving dynamics, thanks to the new coil springs and rear disc brakes.
Like the previous Endeavour, the new model will be locally assembled from CKD kits imported from Thailand. It will be pitted against other premium SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton, Chevrolet Captiva and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Expect the new Endeavour to be launched in this festive season.