Our good friend at IndianAutosBlog has published the image of the Ford Endeavour SUV spotted near the Ford manufacturing facility in Chennai. The Endeavour spied is said to be the same as the showroom model the only difference being that this one had an ‘Everest’ badge on the rear.
According to the same, the Ford may not be allowed to use the Everest in the Indian market as the right to the name belongs to another manufacturer in India (believed to be Maruti Suzuki). Likewise Ford India has registered ‘Splash’. This is the reason for Maruti Suzuki naming its hatchback Ritz.
The next generation Endeavour, based on Ford’s new T6 platform, the new model is wider, longer and bigger than the current model and will go on sale globally. The chunkier wheel arches and muscular stance stand testimony to this. It will carry forward the tradition of being based on a ladder frame chassis, thereby satisfying enthusiasts.
Ford currently offers the Endy with two engine options – A 2.5L TDCi and a 3.0L TDCi. The new model will see 2.2L TDCi and 3.0L TDCi Duratorq engines mated to either 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Interiors and exteriors are expected to carry forward Ford’s new design language found on the Fiesta and Focus.
The new Endeavour will be launched in the Indian market by late 2012 or in the beginning of 2013, only after the EcoSport’s launch. Everyone around the world is keeping high expectations on this new model. It is sold as Everest or Endeavour in developing markets of ASEAN and India.
Also see – Rendered – 2012 Ford Endeavour pictures
Source – IndianAutosBlog