Ford showcased the Everest concept that will be the basis for the Everest SUV (Endeavour in India) in Australia last year. The mid-size SUV is set for a market launch by the end of 2015 and the company has now patented the drawings of the concept in China. Based on the next generation Ranger pick-up platform, the Endeavour has inherited the styling elements from the Ranger and gets a completely new design language compared to the older model.
The design and styling of the 2016 Ford Endeavour is much more gentle and urban than its predecessor. The SUV has an imposing stance and definitely looks dominant. Some might even say it looks like the Toyota Fortuner with a Ford touch. Compared to the Ranger pickup version, the new Endeavour gets a shortened wheelbase but the cabin space has not been compromised. The storage space at the rear has reduced though.
Ford’s Australian design team has worked upon the 2016 Endeavour which sports a high ground clearance, a muscular version of the trapezoidal grille and a sculpted hood. The mid-size SUV is described as a three-low-layout, similar to the existing model. The new Endeavour will feature a 2.5-litre DuraTec petrol and a 2.2-litre DuraTorq TDCi diesel engine options mated to either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions. Customers will also get to choose from a four-wheel drive as well as a rear-wheel drive version.
The Indian version however is most likely to only feature the diesel unit with manual and automatic transmissions. The Endeavour in India is getting dated and has not been mechanically upgraded in a long time. Ford will give the SUV one last subtle cosmetic facelift to keep it fresh before rolling out the next generation version in India. The all-new Endeavour will be locking horns with the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Pajero, when launched next year.
Source – Auto Sohu