The new Ford Endeavour has been spotted testing on the Indian soil for the first time. The blue-coloured test mule sported minimal camouflage and was photographed while undergoing trials in Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu.
The front of the new Endeavour gets a trapezoidal grille and projector headlamps, while the side profile sports new alloy wheels and OVRM mounted indicators. Sold as Ford Everest in other global markets, the new Endeavour is based on the same ladder frame chassis from the Ranger pick-up truck. 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 and we expect the Indian markets to get the same options.
Like the current model, the Endeavour will also get an optional four-wheel-drive system. The driving dynamics are expected to be improved over the current car, owing to the new coil springs and rear disc brakes.
The current Endeavour is locally assembled in India from the completely knocked down (CKD) kits imported from Thailand and the new model is expected to follow suit. The Endeavour rivals other premium SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton, Chevrolet Captiva and the Hyundai Santa Fe.