Ford has announced that the new-gen Everest SUV, the successor of the Ford Endeavour in India, will make its global debut on March 1. Based on the new Ranger pickup, the next-gen SUV has also been teased by the manufacturer ahead of its unveil.
- New Everest to have Ranger-like styling cues
- Gets a 50mm longer wheelbase
- Ford India could restart making cars in future
2022 Ford Everest: what's new?
A teaser video released by Ford South Africa reveals some details about the new-gen Everest. For instance, the new SUV will have a large, chrome-embellished front grille, flanked by headlights with C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps. The three-row body-on-frame SUV will also have a large panoramic sunroof on offer.
While the teaser didn’t reveal much, expect the Everest’s front-end design to remain largely similar to the new Ranger pickup. At the rear, the Everest is expected to get inverted L-shaped tail-lights, with a trim piece connecting them across the tailgate. The interior of the new Everest too will be closely related to the new Ranger’s, but with upmarket bits.
Ford has also revealed that the new Everest’s wheelbase has grown by 50mm, which should translate into better legroom for rear passengers, and perhaps even better boot space.
Engine options are yet to be revealed, but expect the new Everest to retain the 2.0-litre diesel unit from the outgoing model and add a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel to the line-up, as seen on the new Ranger. A 2.3-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine could also be offered in some markets, with a four-wheel drive version also expected to be part of the range.
Ford has also confirmed an electric version and a go-faster Raptor version of the Ranger pickup, but it remains to be seen if both these variants are offered on the new Everest as well.
New Ford Everest: will it come to India?
The chances of the new-gen Everest (Endeavour) making it to India are very slim as Ford has wound down manufacturing operations in the country. However, the American brand is expected to continue selling fully imported, high-end models like the Mustang Mach-e SUV and the Mustang sportscar, among others. Recently, it was announced that Ford could potentially restart making cars here, having been granted approval under the government’s PLI scheme.
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