The Mid-Size sporty utility segment of India may not be crowded but it surely has some worthy competitors in it take Ford for instance who is one of the major players of this game launched their Endeavour SUV almost 10 years ago in India which really became popular amongst the crowd initially because of its big brawny size, spacious and practical interiors and those powerful diesel engines under the hood. As time passed its fame and glory started to fade away, now there can actually be two major reasons behind it, the Japanese manufacturer Toyota introduced their Fortuner SUV already in this segment which also possessed almost the same characteristics that the other SUV had or with the introduction of more premium entry level vehicles from renowned manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes their customers have actually moved to a totally different segment.

After Ford saw the falling sales figures there were actually two things that Ford could have done, either they could completely let go or try to revive the Endeavour SUV which is definitely a worthy vehicle in this segment.

During August last year the Blue oval showcased an Everest Concept (Endeavour is also known as Everest in other International markets) SUV in Australia which actually indicated that their next generation Endeavour SUV will be coming soon and look exactly the same as the concept because Ford has a reputation of not messing too much with the overall styling of the concept when they turn it into a final production ready vehicle, we have seen that in time of the Ford Ecosport too.

Ford recently unveiled their production ready Endeavour and believe it or not the production variant looks exactly the same as the Everest concept which was showcased a year ago in Australia. Ford claims that their new Everest SUV seamlessly blends rugged offroad capability with exceptional ride quality and also dynamic handling, it also gets a new sculpted chiseled exterior styling along with many technological updates which makes it an all rounder. The new SUV will be launched on January 15th 2016 and it will made available with 2.2 Litre diesel as well as a powerful 3.2 Litre diesel paired either to a manual or automatic transmission.

Update 20.01.2016:- Ford Launches the Endeavour in India today. The prices and details has been provided below.

Update 24/12/15:- The details about the Indian spec Ford Endeavour has just surfaced and we have updated the review according to the information available

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2016 Ford Endeavour

EXTERIOR

CONCEPT vs REALITY

Concept

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Reality

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OLD vs NEW

Old Endeavour

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New Endeavour

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the new generation Endeavour truly looks modern, bold as well as aggressive but also brings a touch of sophistication to it

A lot has actually changed when you compare the old and the new generation Endeavour. The previous generation SUV now definitely looks like the car that Flintstone used to drive in their animated series (not kidding!) The next generation SUV looks that modern as well as futuristic but still manages to retain its big SUV stature.The new generation SUV has been developed especially for the Asia pacific markets and designed at the Ford’s global Design Centre in Australia. Ford who actually has been designing SUV’s for more than 50 years now has some of that heritage even reflected in their soon to be launched Everest.

Towards the front of the SUV the muscular hood and the trapezoidal front grille which is the signature styling element of the new Ford Endeavour will definitely attract your attention because everything is new in this new-gen SUV, the swept back headlamp units also gets integrated signature LED daytime running lamps which you will find nowadays in almost every other car. The lower front bumper really looks bold and muscular and helps you realize the SUV’s rugged characteristics; there is also fog lamps integrated towards the front bumper which helps in carrying the horizontal theme of the SUV.

Towards the side profile the SUV blends ruggedness along with sophistication effectively, it gets flared wheel arches and a massive 225 mm of class wining ground clearance. The huge chiseled alloy wheels too look really modern but they slightly differ from what we have seen on the concept vehicle.

Step towards the rear of the SUV and the first thing that will catch your eye is that the second generation SUV has ditched its huge spare wheel which was mounted at the back. The chiseled rear now gets rectangular shaped LED tail lamps while the previous gen SUV had vertical units.

Overall the new generation Endeavour truly looks modern, bold as well as aggressive but also brings a touch of sophistication to it. The Chiseled body shape of the new SUV also has become more aerodynamic and now has best in class drag coefficient of 0.389 which quite impressive.

INTERIOR

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Look at the interiors and you will realize that Ford has really taken their new SUV very seriously. The interior of all the new Everest carries the horizontal theme what we find on the outside. The interiors of the all new SUV look even more premium and spacious, the seats looks really comfortable as well as practical, both the front seats gets eight-way adjustable heated power seats which will help both the driver and the front passenger to adjust according to their own level of comfort. While the second row promises to offer plenty of room and gets its own controls for heating and cooling. The upcoming Everest SUV is a 7 seater so there are two third row split seats and in case you are worrying about the boot space they can further be folded down to 50/50 ratio with just a press of a button.

Now coming to the dashboard, to start with it gets finished in more premium quality materials and displays highest level of craftsmanship, in the centre you will notice 8 inch colored touchscreen which comes with the Ford’s SYNC 2 new in-car-connectivity solutions which also supports voice command while the air vents on the dash gets finished in elegant satin.

On the roof’s cabin of this SUV there are three microphones which can catch extra ambient noise while the Active noise cancellation helps in cancelling all those generated noise which in turn leaves you with a quiet cabin even when the windows are down. Besides just being sophistication and spacious the interior is also fairly practical we have already mentioned above how you can use the boot space by folding down the seats plus there is an extra 48 litres of stowage space inside the cabin for all the occupants.

Overall the new and improved cabin of the Everest looks modern, comfortable as well as precious while also being practical at the same time.

DRIVETRAIN

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The Ford Endeavour which will be launched in the Indian market will be available with 2 diesel engine option, the base variant will get the 2.2 Litre four-cylinder TDCi diesel motor capable of producing about 158 Hp of peak power at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque at 1,600-2,500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a 6-speed Automatic transmission which will be available with the 4X2 drive wheel option while the 6 speed manual transmission will be made available with both 4X2 as well as 4X4 variant as well.

The other powerful engine on offer is a 3.2 Litre five-cylinder TDCi unit which is capable of producing about 197 Bhp of peak power at 3000 rpm and an impressive 470 NM of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. This big engine will be paired to a 6 speed automatic transmission which will send power to all the 4 wheels of the SUV.

OFFROADING CAPABILITIES

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The new SUV comes with body on frame design which helps it stay stable on any terrain; it also gets an intelligent four-wheel drive system, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand, Terrain Management System with the Everest SUV. Beside just the hardware it also gets a class leading ground clearance of 225 mm and also water wading capacity of 800 mm which will further help it overcome any situation with ease.

The Endeavour SUV gets independent coil spring with anti-roll bar towards the front and Coil Spring, Watts linkage type with anti-roll bar for the rear suspension setup. To provide adequate stopping power the new Ford Endeavour gets disc brakes on all the 4 wheels.

SAFETY FEATURES

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The Indian market specific Ford Endeavour gets dual front, side curtain ass well as knee bags for the occupants inside. It also gets ABS and EBD along with ESP as well. Some of the other safety features includes TCS and Hill Launch Assist with Hill Descent Control as well. The new generation Endeavor also has been fitted with TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System).

For the first time the Endeavour also gets terrain management system as well which actually makes this SUV a perfect SUV to go offroading.

PRICING

The prices of the new ford Endeavour

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- * The prices for the Ford Endeavour 2.2L 4×2 MT Trend is INR 24.75 lakhs
- * The prices for the New Ford Endeavour 2.2L 4×2 AT Trend is INR 25.53 lakhs
- * The prices for the New Ford Endeavour 2.2L 4×4 MT Trend is INR 26.68 lakhs
- * The prices for the New Ford Endeavour 2.2L 4×2 AT Titanium is INR 27.36 lakhs
- * The prices for the New Ford Endeavour 3.2L 4×4 AT Trend is INR 27.78 lakhs
- * The prices for the New Ford Endeavour 3.2L 4×4 AT Titanium is INR 29.46 lakh

All the above prices are based on, ex-Showroom, Mumbai:

COMPETITION

Toyota Fortuner

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The Fortuner SUV is also in the same league with the Endeavour here and it too hasn’t received a facelift for quite some time now. Powered by a 3.0L, D-4D Diesel Common Rail Type Fuel Injection engine with intercooler turbochargers and also comes with some of the hardware which makes it a an equally interesting SUV of this segment.

CONCLUSION

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The new SUV from Ford definitely has received its fair share of updates and now has actually become even more stylish, premium and comes with plenty of interesting hardware which enhances its offroad capabilities at the same time. Besides just being practical the interiors have become even more spacious while also taking care of the necessities of every occupant separately.

The Ford Endeavour SUV surely will attract everyone’s attention when it finally launched in the Indian market on January 2016.

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