Ford India recently has launched Ford Endeavour, which has gone on to become a huge hit in the mig-segment group. The car firm is bathing high with the success of its Ecosport. This SUV model, Ford Endeavour right from its launch has been enjoying good volume of sales in the Indian subcontinent. This SUV was first launched by Ford at the Auto Expo this year. It is rather a face lifted version that has various updates to the interiors and exteriors. But the features and technical specifications tend to remain mostly the same much similar to the previous version. Indian buyers might be already aware of this SUV as it reigns the Indian SUV market for more than a decade now. The manufacturer through the model has tried to bring in a refreshed mood in terms of interiors and interiors. Currently, the SUV is said to be available in 3 trim levels, of which the Indian buyers can select from. The entry level variant has been powered by engine that is 2.5 liter and paired with manual 5 speed transmission gearbox. The top and mid variants are equipped with powerful engine of 3.0 liter and couple with 5 speed sophisticated auto transmission gearbox.
The top end Ford Endeavour variant boasts of having 4x4 options, which is incorporated with the shift-on-fly electric function that helps the driver to get switched between 4WD and 2WD options. The vehicle also has been integrated with enhanced SATNAV system which automatically turns to reverse camera mode at the time of applying the reverse gear. But the feature is present just in top end variant and the rest of the trims have provisions to incorporate it. The latest version is just about cosmetic updates, more especially its exteriors. Several changes have been incorporated by the manufacturer that helps it to grab an appeal overall even though the overall structure of the body has been kept the same like the earlier version. The front profile has pair of fog lamps that are revised, combined with modified skid plates and bumper. Besides this, the radiator grille and headlight cluster also gets brand appearance that gives it aggressive stance.
The manufacturer of Ford Endeavour has tried to make changes in the side profile through equipping of the wheel arches by providing it chrome plated set of alloy wheels. Moreover, the interior also gets brand new avatar having redefined seating arrangements and dashboard which increases its plushness and provides maximum convenience and comfort to the driver and its other occupants. The face lifted version is fit with every aspect of comfort and safety similar to the previous version. The SUV, besides all these, has got cruise control system along with control switches that are mounted on the steering wheel. This vehicle, Ford Endeavour has taken competition to a new level in its segment and competes with Honda CR-V, Isuzu MU7 and Toyota Fortuner in the Indian Auto Market. Will this SUV from Ford strike hard in the Indian Sports Utility Vehicle market? The team of experts at Ecardlr lay their hands on this facelifted version to know more about its construction and performance on the roads and highways in India.
Ford India, one of the leading car manufacturers of the world has come out with an SUV in India that sports a complete new front fascia having refreshed bezel fog lamps, bold grille, and redesigned headlamps with bumper skid plate. The face lifted Ford Endeavour vehicle is present for the buyers to avail in three different variants – 4x4 AT, 4x2 AT and 4x2 MT. The vehicle has retained the body structure of the earlier versions, while it’s external cosmetics have been updated, thus giving it the much needed brand new look and appearance. Several major changes have been given to the façade like fog lamps that are distinctly structure with revised bumper and air dam. Besides these, the front bumper has been fitted with the latest skid plate that gives it a much more rugged appeal. Above it, the radiator grille has a pronounced appearance and features horizontally positioned slats that are embedded with the logo of the manufacturer.
Apart from this, the manufacturer of Ford Endeavour has revised the headlight cluster and provided with wraparound design. It is equipped with trum indicators and powerful halogen lamps. The lettering ‘ENDEAVOUR’ mentioned on the bonnet, complements the vehicle’s overall new look. Although the side profile is quite identical to its earlier version, the masculine wheel arches have been fitted with stylish alloy chrome plated wheels. The external wing mirrors have been incorporated with a blind spot mirror, which adds to the comfort. The side profile has been decorated with very trendy body decals that add style. Also, there is aluminum side stepper having studs, making it easy to gain better access to its cabin. The rear profile is updated through redesigning of the bumper. It is fitted with cladding which offers extra safety. Taillight cluster gets mounted on its D pillar and is powered through courtesy lamps, brake lights of high intensity and turn indicator. Large windscreen, incorporated with defogger and wiper with the 3rd brake light, surrounds it.
The length of the Ford Endeavour has been increased with adjusted height and width. It boasts of a total length of about 5062 mm and of 1826 mm in height. The overall width is 1788 mm and the long wheelbase is 2860 mm. Ground clearance is good with 210 mm.
The SUV is said to have some great changes from the earlier versions, which is significant. It houses touch screen SATNAV entertainment system along with Navigation, new leather upholstery, reverse parking camera and audio system along with Bluetooth connectivity. While Ford Endeavour’s exterior has been given a macho look, the interiors does hold on to it quite well and reflects style and luxury in the real sense. The two toned interior appears bright, making the cabin to look very large, although it is quite large by default. Dashboard present in squarish and the round air condition is carried forward unlike the earlier models. The materials do give a great feel and look, while the quality is of up market. The dash material is soft and rubbery is more than welcome. Seats present inside Ford Endeavour are of leather and overall finish does look quite up market. Overall seat quality is very good and there is adequate cushioning. Steering has proper height adjust. When equipment levels are concerned, the Endeavour enjoys 6CD/MP3 in-dash changer which plays FM radio channels and MP3. It has a wonderful sound quality and the big cabin spaces assist to bounce the sound waves.
The touch screen video / audio player of Ford Endeavour is regarded to be the icing present on the cake. It has an inbuilt GPS system along with Bluetooth connectivity that can be added as accessory. You can find foldable roof mounted screen for watching movies while being seated in the third or middle row. The air con is manual type that gives instant cooling. There are vents present in rear and middle row which are also roof mounted, having 4 speed blower. The interior quality is fabulous and plastics on use provide a feel good factor. There is abundant head room and leg room and the Endeavour boasts of having loads of them. You can enter the 3rd row by simply fold middle row seats by using tumble down method through knob that is present on the seat. For kids, the third row seating can be termed to the best seats in the SUV. Moreover, there are provisions for removing this seat for making way for largish boot, if required. Boot door does open sideways. It is big enough to carry full size bicycle.
HEART OF THE MATTER
Mechanically, the Ford Endeavour SUV is said to be untouched and would have the existing Duratorq 3.0 liter engine with a choice of Duratorq Powertrain of 2.5 liter. The vehicle boasts of having powerful torque to pull, having no issues. Daily city driving is smooth with the engine present. There are no changes in the technical specifications, since the updates have been provided just to the cosmetics. Both 4x4 AT and 4x2 AT trims are equipped with TDCi diesel engine of 3.0 liter, having normal rail direct-injection technology. There are 16 valves and 4 cylinders, which displaces the 2953cc. The engine further gets incorporated with variable geometry turbocharger, which assists to pump out at 3200 rpm of 153.86 bhp to generate 380 Nm of torque output that is quite commanding at about 2500 RPM. The powerful engine has been mated with the latest auto 5 speed transmission gearbox which delivers torque output to the front wheels. The 4x4 AT versions has been incorporated with a shift-on-fly system which distributes to torque output on all the four wheels. The entry level variant has been powered by TDCi 2.5 liter diesel motor which has normal rail-direct injection system and displaces 2499cc while featuring 16 valves and 4 cylinders. It also boasts of having the latest variable geometry turbocharger for helping to pump out optimum power at 3500 RPM of 141 BHP in combination with 330 Nm torque at just 1800 RPM.
The Ford Endeavour is undoubtedly a fuel efficient car having a decent mileage. The TDCi 2.5 liter engine is capable of delivering at least 10 kmpl mileage on the city roads and 13.1 kmpl on the highways, while helping the vehicle to accelerate to 100 kmph from 0 in just 13-14 seconds. The trim does have the capability to get top speed of about 155 and 160 kmph. The engine of 3.0 liter enables the vehicle to create mileage between 8.2 kmpl and 11.4 kmpl that is fabulous. It reaches speed of 100 kmph in just 14 – 15 seconds. Despite having a gigantic size and huge frame chassis, the Endeavour does boast of a wonderful acceleration and pickup.
With the enormous size that the SUV boasts of, it does have wonderful braking and a decent handling. Certain body roll amount is present in the Ford Endeavour, but this is because of high ground clearance. The front axle has been equipped with double wishbone that is an independent suspension type, which is loaded with torsion bar spring, with stabilizer. The rear axle has been fitted with linear rated leaf-spring suspension which is accompanied by the low friction pads. Besides all these, the manufacturer have incorporated in it tabular double acting shock absorbers that are gas filled. The front wheels get fitted with the latest ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones with self-adjusting drum brakes. Anti-lock braking system has been introduced with an electronic brake-force distribution for reinforcing the braking mechanism. The SUV also has nut and ball type of steering system having variable power assistance to diminish efforts that are needed by the driver and to make handling much easier.
Every variant of Ford Endeavour has been presented with crucial safety aspects for protecting the passengers and the vehicle. The entry level variant has been blessed with several interesting features like anti-lock braking system along with the electronic brake-force distribution, dual front airbags, remote based keyless entry having anti-theft alarm system, front fog lamps, 3 point seatbelts along with pre-tensioner that includes a load limiter. The mid-range trim boasts of side airbags for front passengers to provide enhanced safety. The top variant has advanced limited slip functions to further diminish traction loss and to enhance vehicle stability.
The SUV has been provided with the latest designed chrome plated 16” alloy wheels. The lightweight rims are covered with terrain abled radial tubeless tyres having sizes 245/70 R16 to offer a commanding grip on different road conditions.
Overall, the Ford Endeavour is termed to be an excellent vehicle having a great look and appearance, both interior and exterior and an on-road performance that is just superb. Ford has always enjoyed popularity among its Indian customers for a long time and the new launch has not been a disappointment at all. On the other hand, with Ford Endeavour having a 4x2 variant, can help interested buyers to get a large SUV, but without having to spend the money that would be required for 4x4, which they might feel would not be required in their daily commuting. The efficiency figures have been on better side, with the SUV having no wait period, unlike its competitors. Boasting of an excellent build quality, fit and the finish are just wonderful and it is a CKD build. The reasonable price has been a tempting proposition for those buyers, who would like to use the SUV for the urban area.
The Delhi ex-showroom prices of the different variants of Ford Endeavour are: 3.0L 4x4 AT priced at Rs. 23,06,302; 3.0L AT 4x2 priced at Rs. 21,28,119 and 2.5L 4x2 MT priced at Rs. 19,83,898.