A fresh report out of India claims the Ford Everest is in line to receive the brand’s turbocharged 2,3-litre petrol engine “internationally” but it doesn't appear to be on the cards for South Africa.

According to IndianAutosBlog.com, the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be mated as standard with the Blue Oval brand’s ten-speed automatic transmission (rather than the old six-speeder).

It’s not yet clear which markets are set to receive the petrol-powered version of the Everest (known in some countries as the Endeavour), although China appears to be the first. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, meanwhile, told CARmag.co.za the "Everest model in question is currently engineered for left-hand-drive markets only", effectively ruling out a local launch.

The Indian publication says the 2,3-litre unit will develop 202 kW and 455 N.m in the Ranger-based SUV. For the record, a version of this engine is also used in the Ranger bakkie in North America, where it develops 201 kW and 420 N.m, as well as in the four-cylinder version of the Mustang.

The current Everest range in South Africa was recently expanded to seven variants, with a choice of three turbodiesel powerplants. There’s the 118 kW/385 N.m 2,2-litre oil-burner, the 147 kW/470 N.m 3,2-litre five-cylinder and the 157 kW/500 N.m 2,0-litre bi-turbodiesel mill.