2015 version of Ford Endeavour spied in Australia doing test rounds

2015 version of Ford Endeavour spied in Australia doing test rounds
author image CarTrade Editorial Team
Wednesday 05 June 2013, 10:16 AM

The American automotive giant, Ford Motor, is gearing up to launch the refreshed variant of Endeavour Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). This upcoming model of the Ford Endeavour, which is sold as Everest in some Asian countries, is in the pipeline for an early launch. The 2015 Endeavour will be manufactured in Thailand starting in early 2014 and will be unveiled in public during the second half of the year. A test mule of the car was spotted in Australia, which has body panels from Territory that is a crossover from Ford. Going by the spy shots, the new vehicle is also expected to come with a shorter wheelbase for a good manoeuvrability and handling.

2015 version of Ford Endeavour spied in Australia doing test rounds

Ford Motor showcased Ranger pick-up truck during mid-2010 and has been on a sabbatical ever since. The next generation Ford Endeavour is bigger than the Ford Territory when it comes to size. However, it is expected that unlike the prototype spotted in Australia, the original model will come with a unique design of its own.

The spy shots doing rounds on the Internet are clicked by Jackson Emiris, outside of Melbourne. This test mule had the body shell of the Ranger till the front door and beyond that the body has been borrowed from the Territory. The SUV specialist of the American car maker, Todd Hoevener was assigned the responsibility to design the upcoming Endeavour in Australia. Hoevener has been crucial in the launch of the Ford Explorer that uses new materials and technologies for a class leading fuel efficiency. South African automotive market recently received a slightly facelifted version of the outgoing Endeavour to fill the gap until the 2015 variant is launched. It is expected the Hoevener will repeat the same fuel efficiency as well as manoeuvrability of Explorer in the new model. Further, the speculations are rife that the 2015 Endeavour is the next product in pipeline for Indian market after the launch of Ford EcoSport. Ford India has lined up eight new models to be launched in the country in the first half of this decade and the 2015 Endeavour is one of them.

The car which is codenamed as the U375 will be launched first in China along with some other Asian countries. It is expected to be built on the Ranger pickup's platform and will boast of a ladder frame construction. In China, the car will be powered by the 3.5 litre Puma diesel powertrain that can produce a maximum torque of 225 bhp and 420 Nm of peak torque.

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