Ford debuted the second-gen Endeavour back in 2015 (India launch 2016) and it is about time the SUV gets a generation update. Ford has already been working the new-gen SUV as third-gen Endeavour was recently spied testing in Australia where it is sold as the Everest.
Although the SUV was heavily camouflaged, we can say the new Endeavour will receive a major design overhaul. The test mule looks a lot boxier with a flatter bonnet and a more upright stance than the current model as the front profile looks similar to the upcoming Ford Ranger Pickup truck (not India bound).
The spy shots do not reveal anything about the interior of the new Endeavour but expect it to feature an updated cabin layout with more premium materials and added features like a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, connected car tech and various level 1 autonomous features like adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking as we have seen on the MG Gloster.
For reference, the current Endeavour is no slouch in terms of features as it is equipped with a panoramic sunroof, powered front seats, dual-zone AC, LED headlamps, powered tailgate, semi-auto parallel parking assist, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear parking sensors, 7 airbags, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, hill descent control, parking camera and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Under the hood, along with the existing 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine (213PS/500Nm) and the 3.2-litre diesel engine (194PS/470Nm), the Australian-spec SUV is likely to get a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine as well. In India, the new Endeavour might get the 213PS 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine alongside the existing 2.0-litre unit that makes 170PS and 420Nm. That said, the new Endevaour will continue to come with both 4X2 and 4X4 drive configurations.
The third-gen Endeavour is likely to go on sale in Australia by the end of this year. So, expect it to come to India by 2022. It will continue to take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Mahindra Alturas G4 and other similarly priced SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq facelift. While the current Endeavour is priced from Rs 29.99 lakh to Rs 36.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the new Endeavour is likely to have a base price of over Rs 30 lakh.