For 2020, an all-new version of the celebrated Ford Bronco SUV is set to launch in the North American market, yet it was a different Ranger-based mid-size utility that was recently photographed near the automaker’s product development campus: the Ford Everest. Known as the “Endeavour” in the Indian market, the Everest has been around in its current form since 2015, riding on the global Ranger T6 platform. The example spotted in Michigan recently was rocking a unique three-bar front grille and big, split-spoke wheels unlike any we’ve seen on existing iterations of the Everest.
You can see the snapshots of the Ford Everest SUV over on The Drive‘s website.
Likely, what we’re looking at is a new trim – or possibly a mid-cycle update – for the Ranger-based Ford Everest, but there also exists the tantalizing possibility that the SUV is testing equipment that will end up in the 2020 Ford Bronco. As we have yet to see any definite Ford Bronco test mules or prototypes running around, despite the SUV being so close to an unveiling, the Everest could conceivably be how Ford is testing things like the Bronco’s future powertrain under the public’s noses.
When asked about it by The Drive, Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine gave nothing away, saying only: “Ford is a global automotive company and Dearborn is one of our Global Product Development centers, where we occasionally review and test global products.”
In the North American market, the all-new, 2019 Ford Ranger will pack Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 – the only powerplant announced so far – with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A Ford Ranger Raptor, if launched in the market, could bring an additional engine option. Expect the forthcoming Ford Bronco to follow a similar pattern.