Ford EcoSport and Ford Endeavour have been spied testing without camouflage. The vehicles were probably testing BSVI compliant engines before their expected launch early next year.
With the fast-approaching BSVI deadline of April 1st, 2020, Auto manufacturers are gearing-up for a major engine overhaul to their BSIV cars. Ford has also been testing their sub-4-metre SUV, EcoSport, and their mid-size SUV, Endeavour, with BSVI ready engines under the hood. Test vehicles have been spotted near Ford plant in Tamil Nadu, by an avid IndianAuto reader, Arjun Murli.
The Ford EcoSport is currently powered by both petrol and diesel engines. There are two engine options available, a turbocharged 1.0-litre and a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine. The former makes 125 PS and 170 Nm, while the latter makes 123 PS and 150 Nm. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit that makes 99 PS and 205 Nm. The BSVI model could feature either the same engines with appropriate modifications, or it could borrow its engines from the Mahindra XUV300 instead.
As for the Ford Endeavour, it is available with a 2.2-litre and a 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. The former makes 160 PS and 385 Nm and the latter makes 197 PS and a massive 470 Nm. There is a possibility that Ford would lose the 2.2-litre engine in favour of Mahindra upcoming BSVI diesel engine. The engine is expected to either be a 2.0-litre or a 2.2-litre unit, capable of 180 PS and 420 Nm.
As can be seen in the spy pics, Ford has decided not to camouflage their vehicles. That might be because these vehicles are not slated for a facelift or a generation change anytime soon. As there will be no visual changes, it wouldn’t be practical to wrap the cars in camouflage and create unnecessary hype. As of now, the current Ford cars aren’t slated for any major change anytime soon. The only new upcoming product by Ford would be a new MPV based on the Mahindra Marazzo.