American automaker, Ford is currently testing its global SUV- the new generation Endeavour aka Everest in select countries. The recent spy photos suggest that the vehicle has entered into its final development stages, as the test mules looks wears the production body parts.
The new generation Ford Endeavour is expected to arrive in showrooms by the late 2015 or early 2016. It will compete against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ssangyong Rexton, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The test mules feature the production sheetmetal, providing a closer look to its styling. The India-bound right-hand drive model has been spotted testing on the Australian streets. The production body parts added to this car includes wheels, tyres, front parking sensors, mudflaps and a towbar. Though, the vehicle looks quite closer to the concept unveiled last year.
The interior images of the new Ford Endeavour revealed a uniquely designed centre-stack with the multimedia screen positioned on dashboard, and a restyled steering wheel with large switch gears mounted. The interior door trims were covered; indicating a new design as well.
If media reports to believe, the new generation Endeavour aka Everest will use the different sizes of alloy wheels to differentiate the low and high end trims. The vehicle features trapezoidal grille complemented by projector type sweptback headlights. Its side indicators are likely to be located in the front guard or wing mirror.
The new Endeavour will get a coil sprung, solid axle rear end setup which will be fitted to improve the ride comfort and off-road ability of the car. It also gets rear disc brakes instead of drums. The Ford Endeavour is likely to be powered by 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engines. Both the engines are expected to be paired with automatic transmission gearbox, while the lower spec engine could also get a manual gearbox. The vehicle will be offered with two or four wheel drive options.
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