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August 1, 2015: The all new Endeavour is driven by our experts and launch could take place in a couple of months time. The mighty SUV is the all new iteration of the America's once popular car. The SUV is offered with a 3.2 litre inline 5 cylinder diesel motor and a smaller 2.2-litre disel. It gets all-terrain systems to tackle rough landscape. Ford has started the production of new Endeavour in Thailand at the Auto-Alliance-Thailand (AAT) manufacturing unit in Rayong. The outgoing Endeavour aka Everest (as known in other ASEAN countries) is also manufactured from the same facility and exported to other countries as CKD kits. The new Endeavour is already doing test runs in the country and recently, it was spotted next to a Ford Mustang at ARAI for final approvals
Ford Endeavour is a luxury SUV model which is doing quite well in India. Its facelifted version was launched in the country with several updates to its exteriors and interiors. However, its technical specifications and features remain mostly to be similar like the outgoing version. The car maker has refreshed the entire model series in terms of both exteriors and interiors. At present, this SUV is available in three trims levels for the buyers to choose from. Its entry level variant is powered by a 2.5-litre engine that is paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. While its mid and top end variants have been equipped with a powerful 3.0-litre engine that is coupled with a sophisticated 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Its top end version has 4x4 option that is incorporated with electric shift-on-fly function, which enables the driver to switch between 2WD and4WD options. At the same time, this vehicle is also integrated with an improved SATNAV system that automatically turns in to reverse camera mode when reverse gear is applied. However, this feature is available only in the top end variant, while the remaining trims have the provision for incorporating it. This latest version is all about cosmetic updates, especially to its exteriors. The manufacturer has made several changes to its features, while keeping the overall body structure similar to their previous version. Its front profile gets a pair of revised fog lamps along with modified bumper and skid plates. In addition to these, its headlight cluster and radiator grille too gets a brand new look, which gives it an aggressive stance. The car maker has also made changes to the side profile by equipping its wheel arches with a set of chrome plated alloy wheels. The interiors too gets a brand new avatar with refined dashboard and seating arrangement that further enhances its plushness. On the other hand, this facelifted version gets all the comfort and safety aspects like the earlier version. In addition to those, this SUV also gets a cruise control system with controls switches mounted on its steering wheel. It will now compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V and Isuzu MU7 in the Indian automobile market.
The car maker has retained its body structure while updating its external cosmetics, which gives it a brand new look. There are major changes given to its front facade in the form of distinctly structured fog lamps along with a revised air dam and bumper. In addition to these, its front bumper is now fitted with skid plate, which gives it a rugged appeal. Just above this, its radiator grille gets a pronounced look featuring horizontally positioned slats, which are embedded with company's logo. In addition to these, the car maker has also revised its headlight cluster by giving it a wraparound design and is equipped with powerful halogen lamps and turn indicators. There is the model's lettering given on its bonnet, which compliments its overall new look. Its side profile remains mostly identical to the previous version, but its masculine wheel arches are now fitted with a set of stylish chrome plated alloy wheels. In addition to this, its external wing mirrors are now incorporated with blind spot mirror that adds to the convenience. Not to forget, the car maker has also decorated its side profile with trendy body decals, which further adds its style. There is an aluminum side stepper with rubber studs, which makes it easier to gain access to the cabin. The car maker has also updated its rear profile by redesigning its bumper. It is also fitted with a cladding that provides additional protection. The taillight cluster is mounted on its D pillar and it is powered by high intensity brake lights, courtesy lamp and turn indicator. It surrounds a large windscreen, which is incorporated with a defogger and is accompanied by wiper along with third brake light.
The newly introduced series has increased length along with adjusted width and height. Its total length now stands at 5062mm and its height measures at 1826mm. It has an overall width of 1788mm and a long wheelbase of 2860mm. On the other hand, it gets a minimum ground clearance of 210mm, which is quite good.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Endeavour have been upgraded recently. It now gets new leather trim. The seats in the first two rows are comfortable and have sufficient space too. The third row is a bit cramped.
The interiors of facelifted Ford Endeavour gets minor tweaks as the company has improved its plastic quality and repositioned the equipments. The gearbox console in the cockpit gets a major update as it is now accompanied by an electric shift-on-fly system. At the same time, its dashboard has an up-market finish owing to its premium quality material used by the company. It is equipped with sophisticated equipments like a proficient air conditioning unit, infotainment system and ergonomically positioned control switches. Its instrument cluster remains the same and it is incorporated with functions like a tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, notification lights and other driver information based aspects . Its dashboard is integrated with a four spoke leather wrapped steering wheel that is embedded with company's logo. Furthermore, it also houses multifunctional switches of audio and calls, which adds to the convenience of driver. Its cabin is done up with ebony and camel color scheme and is complimented by illuminated scuff plates. However, these aspects are given only to the mid and top end version. On the other hand, the cabin is blessed with versatile seating arrangement, where its second row has 50:50 split folding seat, whereas its third row gets foldable and removable bench seat. The car maker has used high quality leather upholstery for covering these seats, which provides additional comfort to the occupants. On the other hand, it is also incorporated a touch enabled SATNAV system, which also displays visual images provided by rear parking camera.
This latest version gets all the features from its outgoing model. In addition to those, it also houses an updated SATNAV system including a new rear parking camera, which provides excellent assistant to the driver. However, this function is available only in the top end variant, while the remaining two variants have standard features. Its entry level variant has features like aspects like column staled audio controls, dual zone AC unit with independent control, power steering with tilt adjustment, rear defogger including washer and wiper, power windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable outside mirrors and height adjustable front seatbelts. In addition to these, it has clutch foot rest, removable ashtray, large glove box with illumination and front center armrest with storage bin. This trim also has utility based features like three 12V power sockets, cigarette lighter, six cup holders, and leather upholstery for steering wheel and gear knob. In addition to these, its mid and top end variants have sporty pedals and illuminated scuff plates.
This refurbished version of Ford Endeavour has a huge internal cabin with improved leg space, which can easily accommodate at least seven passengers. It also has a large boot compartment, which can be further increased by removing or folding the third row bench seat. The second row is fitted with 50:50 split folding bench seat, which further helps towards increasing the storage capacity. On the other hand, this SUV has a huge 71 litre fuel tank, which is rather good.
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Endeavour is good despite the heavy weight of the ladder frame chassis and its gigantic size.
As mentioned above, this recently launched SUV is available with two engine options for the buyers to choose from. The entry level trim is powered by a 2.5-litre engine is paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. This power plant enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in approximately 13 to 14 seconds. This trim has the ability to achieve a top speed in the range of 155 to 160 kmph, which is quite good. On the other hand, its mid and top end versions are fitted with a 3.0-litre mill that is coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox. This motor enables the vehicle reach a top speed of approximately 160 to 165 Kmph, while reaching a 100 kmph mark from a standstill in about 14 to 15 seconds.
Ed's Take: The power of the 3.0-litre is the most, and it has good amount of torque to pull without any issue. The 2.5-litre too is sufficient for daily city driving.
The car maker has not made any changes to its technical specifications as the updates are given only to its cosmetics. Both the 4x2 AT and 4x4 AT trims have been equipped with a 3.0-litre TDCi diesel engine that has common rail direct injection technology. It comprises of 4-cylinder and 16-valves that displaces 2953cc. This engine is further incorporated with a is incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger that helps it to pump out 153.86bhp at 3200rpm and generates a commanding torque output of 380Nm at just 2500rpm. This powerful engine is mated with advanced 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox that delivers the torque output to front wheels. While its 4x4 AT version is incorporated with shift-on-fly system that distributes to the torque output to all four wheels. On the other hand, its entry level variant is powered by a 2.5-litre TDCi diesel motor that has common rail direct injection system. It displaces 2499cc featuring 4-cylinders and 16-valves. It also has an advanced variable geometry turbocharger that helps it to pump out a maximum power of 141bhp at 3500rpm in combination with a commanding torque of 330Nm at just 1800rpm. This power plant is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the torque output to its front wheels.
Ed's Take: The mileage offered by the Ford Endeavour is decent. It is the 2.5-litre manual, which is the most fuel efficient amongst the lot.
Its entry level trim is blessed with a 2.5-litre TDCi engine that has a common rail direct injection technology. This power plant is capable of delivering a minimum mileage of 10 Kmpl on city roads, which goes up to a maximum of 13.1 Kmpl on highways. While the other two variants have been equipped with a 3.0-litre engine, which is also incorporated with a common rail direct injection system. This motor enables helps the vehicle to produce a mileage in the range of 8.2 to 11.4 kmpl, which is rather good.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the Ford Endeavour is good, and the 2.5-litre manual is more than sufficient. The 2.5 also comes with a self-shifting box and the 3.0-litre gets only an autobox.
The 4x2 MT version is equipped with a 2499cc diesel engine that is integrated with a variable geometry turbocharger. This helps the motor to pump out a commanding power of 141bhp that results in developing a peak torque output of 330Nm, which is quite good. On the other hand, its remaining variants have been fitted with a 2953cc diesel motor that is based on a DOHC valve configuration. This power plant can belt out 153.86bhp in combination with a hammering torque output of 380Nm.
Ed's Take: The Endeavour now gets a new music system with touchscreen and navigation system. The Endeavour is completely loaded and worth its every buck.
The entry level trim is blessed with an in-dash CD player with MP3 playback that supports radio tuner along with AUX-In sockets. It also has a 6 CD changer along with six speakers that keeps the occupants entertained on the move . While the mid range variant also gets a DVD player along with touchscreen LCD audio unit. On the other hand, its the top end version is equipped with an advanced touchscreen LCD display that is incorporated with a satellite navigation system with integrated maps. It also has reverse parking assist including a camera with visual images SATNAV screen. This top end version also has Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and call with controls mounted on the steering wheel.
Ed's Take: For the size of the SUV, the Ford Endeavour has good braking, while the handling is decent. It has some amount of body roll, but that is due to the high ground clearance.
Its front axle is equipped with an independent double wishbone type of suspension that is further loaded with a torsion bar spring along with a stabilizer. While its rear axle is fitted with progressive linear rate leaf springs suspension that is accompanied by low friction pads. In addition to these, the car maker has also incorporated tabular double acting type gas filled shock absorbers. On the other hand, its front wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes whereas its rear ones have been equipped with self adjusting drum brakes. The company has also incorporated anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, which reinforces its braking mechanism. Apart from all these, this SUV is also integrated ball and nut type steering system with variable power assistance that reduces the efforts required by driver and makes handling quite easier.
Ed's Take: The Endeavour gets two airbags and ABS as the safety options. The handling is just fine on the Endeavour.
All the variants in this series have been incorporated with crucial safety aspects, which protects the vehicle and its passengers. Its entry level variant is blessed with features like dual front airbags, anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, remote key less entry with anti theft alarm, front fog lamps, and three point seatbelts with pre-tensioner including load limiter. While the mid range trim also has side airbags for the front passengers, which provides enhanced protection. On the other hand, the top end variant gets an advanced limited slip differential function, which further reduces the loss of traction and improves the stability of this vehicle.
The all new series is blessed with a set of newly designed 16-inch chrome plated alloy wheels. These lightweight rims are further covered with a set of terrain capable radial tubeless tyres of size 245/70 R16 , which provides commanding grip on any road condition.
1. Rear parking system and SATNAV are its plus points.
2. The updated external features gives it a refined look.
3. Performance of the engine is quite incredible.
4. Internal shoulder, leg and head space is very comfortable.
5.Interior quality is rather impressive.
1. Maintenance and spare parts are slightly expensive.
2. There is still scope to add a few more features.
3. Initial cost of ownership can still be made more competitive.
4. Fuel economy is not as good as its other contenders.
5. Too bulky for smaller roads.