Next year, Ford will launch a new luxury SUV in India, to replace the now-dated Endeavour. The new Endeavour will continue using the ladder frame chassis and the new Ford Ranger’s underpinnings. While the new SUV’s exteriors have been revealed through the 2015 Ford Endeavour/Everest concept, the Chinese test mule of the new luxury SUV give us a glimpse of its interiors. Although the 2015 Endeavour is based on the Ford Ranger pick up truck platform, the spyshot of the SUV’s interiors clearly indicates that the interior design will be different from that of the Ranger.
The 2015 Ford Endeavour’s dashboard features a design that is different from that of the outgoing version. Expect more features to be added. The 2015 Endeavour is expected to be sold with both turbo petrol and turbo diesel engined models. India will be a turbo diesel-only market though, with the 2.5 liter and 3 liter TDCI diesels being retained, albeit with a few tweaks likely. The SUV will get 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions, with the additional cog expected to boost both performance and fuel efficiency.
The 2015 Endeavour will continue to be sold in 7 seat seater guise. Competitors to the 2015 Endeavour will include the Toyota Fortuner, the Mistubishi Pajero Sport and the Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs. An interesting new feature on the 2015 Endeavour is likely to be a terrain sensing all wheel drive system, similar to the ones found on Land Rovers. The 2015 Endeavour will also see its rear suspension getting coil springs with a torsion bar layout, instead of the leaf springs set up on the current version.
The suspension change is expected to improve the Endeavour’s ride quality. The SUV will be imported into India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route from Thailand, and will be assembled at Ford India’s Sriperumbudur factory, off Chennai. Expect the prices of the 2015 Endeavour to see an upward revision when the SUV arrives into India in the second half of next year.
Spyshot courtesy AutoHome