A very early test mule of what appears to the next generation Ford Endeavour has been spotted up close in China
The current generation model which is marketed as Everest in some markets has been in existence since 2015 and received a facelift last year. Considering the lead time of developing a new generation model, Ford must have already started work on this front and this prototype seems to be the first evidence.
The camouflaged test mule features the existing Endeavour’s body panels albeit with front and rear ends. The unpainted radiator grille features interesting pattern and the headlamps are mounted pretty low. The rear features make-shift taillight clusters. The styling changes doesn’t appear to be final and could change significantly when the car is finally ready to hit the market.
The SUV retains 7-seat configuration and features a fresh interior design, complete with a new steering wheel. Again, the interior bits look borrowed and may not represent the final version but we can be sure that it will feature multi-function steering wheel, a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system, a dial-type transmission mode selector, plush seats and a whole array of comfort features. The new Endeavour could also feature fully digital and configurable color instrument console.
The ladder frame chassis is expected to undergo some enhancements. The spyshots reveal that this particular example is equipped with independent rear suspension. The existing vehicle employs a unit based on Watts linkage.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine is likely to be carried forward along with the recently introduced 10-speed automatic transmission. It its current avatar, the engine dishes out 170 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations on offer. Ford could also explore hybrid drivetrain options with the new Endy.
The next generation Ford Endeavour is expected to have a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) on board. The India-spec version should receive a few of those features if not all.
The 2021 Ford Endeavour is expected to be ready toward the end of 2021 or early 2022. For India, the automaker is is most likely to remain as a CKD import. It will continue to lock horns with the Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X, etc.
Ford India is set to let Mahindra take care of its manufacturing operations starting from mid-2020. By the time the new 7-seat off-roader is ready, the Mahindra-Ford JV would be running the show together.