New Ford Endeavour likely to be based on Ranger pick-up truck

The next-generation Ford Endeavour SUV to be launched in India by late 2011 or early 2012 will be based on the 2012 Ford Ranger pick-up that the company showcased at the Sydney Motor Show last year.

The Ford Endeavour used to rule Indian roads but then Ford made minor tweaks in the design and a lot of people didn’t like the new Endeavour’s overall styling. Related: Ford Endeavour 3.0-litre 4×2 AT road test

It seems that with the coming of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford has decided to pull up their socks and the new Endeavour may take the brand back to its glory days. The exterior design as well as the interiors of the upcoming Endeavour will likely be the same as in the new Ford Ranger pick-up truck.

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Photo: Ford Ranger SUV, the new Endeavour may look a lot like this

The Ranger pick-up has a front grille with a prominent Ford logo and focused headlamps. The long and high-raised hood makes the Ranger a tough-looking SUV, giving it a masculine stance. The side profile of the SUV reveals raised shoulder lines and a reduction in the glass house area. The Ranger’s fenders are large and sport huge wheel arches with 19 inch wheels and ample ground clearance, indicating that the Ranger has the ability to tackle different terrains. Also read: Ford Figo sales cross 1 lakh units

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Photo: Ford Ranger SUV

On the inside the Ranger has extensive use of matt-finished chrome inserts, a symmetrical dashboard and an uncluttered instrument layout. The seats have detailed contours for under-thigh, shoulder support and will tow the passengers to their destination in remarkable comfort. The design suggests that body-roll will continue to exist but depending on other features offered on the new Endeavour it may be reduced.

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Photo: Ford Ranger SUV

Ford India will likely retain the same engines that are available on the current model in the new Endeavour. At present, Ford offers the Endeavour in both petrol and diesel versions. The diesel version has two variants the 4×4 AT (Automatic) and the 4×2 AT that are powered by a 3.0 litre diesel engine that produces 156 PS of maximum power and 380 Nm of maximum torque. Also read: 2011 Ford Fiesta for India: Photo gallery

The Endeavour petrol 4×2 MT (Manual) is powered by a 2.5 litre engine that produces 143 PS of maximum power and 330 Nm of maximum torque.

The price of the present Endeavour ranges from Rs. 16.94 lakh – Rs. 19.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Endeavour could be priced higher than the current model due to the additional features and upgrades that will be offered, but promises to be a steal nevertheless!!