It is an irony that the Ford Endeavour is known as Ford Everest elsewhere in the world. Certain trademark rights in India forbids Ford to name their mighty SUV after the highest peak in this world. Until last generation, the Endeavour was a meaty truck with cabin around it. It sounded like a truck but was capable enough to climb the most difficult terrains of this world. The new Endeavour, however has been changed inside out. The car is now much more comfortable, much more visually attractive and can do better when it comes to off-road. Indian market has always been inclined towards Toyota Fortuner in that segment but the Endeavour changes the game now.
How impressive the new Endeavour is? Let’s find out.
The new Endeavour is wider and taller than the previous model. Yes, the car becomes little shorter but it is not visible. The car also looks chunky because of the strong muscular lines. From the front, the SUV now gets family hexagonal grille with big headlamps and daytime running lamps. The silver skid plate in the bottom also houses the fog lamps making the car look premium and muscular at the same time.
From the side, the Endeavour features big 18-inch wheels that raise the ground clearance to 225 mm. The wheel arches are highlighted with slight raise. Good amount of chrome is sprinkled on the side view mirrors, door handles and side steps to attract the attention of Indian consumers who love bling.
The rear is designed rather simplistically when compared to the overall look of the vehicle. The rear gets a thick chrome plate with Endeavour embossed on it while the tail lamps have LED design.
Just like the exterior, Ford has revamped the interiors completely. The cabin is dual-toned all over and the dashboard features dozens of buttons to control everything in the car. There now a touch sensitive LCD screen which shows an array of information and can get the car connected to Internet through your smart phone. The driver dashboard shows various information including analogue speedometer, gear indicator, average fuel economy, average sped, steering angle, entertainment set-up among many other things.
The touch sensitive LCD screen is featured with Sync2 and can do a lot of things. We wished that the LCD was little more responsive.
The new Endeavour comes with smaller engine options. The first is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit that puts out 157 BHP of maximum power along with 385 Nm of torque. There is a choice between 6-speed manual or automatic transmission with this engine option.
The bigger option is the 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine that develops a maximum of 196 BHP, and comes with only automatic option. The 4X4 system is optional though.
The new Endeavour is advanced set of wheels. The car looks way better than it used to and offers a lot more technologically and mechanically to the user. Also, the smaller engine would mean that the customers who do not require high power, can go for this option. The Endeavour starts at a price of Rs. 23.64 lakh ex-Delhi which is lower than the retail price of Fortuner, Santa Fe, and Trail Blazer. The top model will set you back by around Rs. 28.30 lakh, but with all the features and capabilities, the car is worth every penny.