Ford has introduced a major update to its flagship SUV, the new-gen Endeavour, with the latest SYNC3 infotainment system upgrade. The large-sized SUV was offered with SYNC2 software which didn’t have provision to seamlessly connect iOS and Android devices and access smartphone apps on the display screen such as Siri, Google Maps, music, phone, messages and so on. But the SYNC3 system allows for automatic upgrade to new system software via WiFi.
Made available on the range-topping Titanium variant at prices starting from Rs. 27.93 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 8-inch touchscreen unit gets smartphone-like gesture control. SYNC 3 enhances response to voice commands and avails access to features likes Emergency Assistance by automatically calling emergency services when the airbags are deployed.
Ford India Private Limited commenced its operations more than two decades in India and through its tenure in the domestic market, the Endeavour SUV has always been a significant product. Not just in terms of sales but also the American auto manufacturer’s pride and brand image stayed intact with that sturdy vehicle. Launched first in 2003, the Endeavour became an instant hit and has traditionally rivalled the Toyota Fortuner.
The obsolete generation was discontinued to make way for an all-new model that has lived up to the expectations quite well so far. The third generation seven-seater is currently being imported as CKD kits from Thailand and assembled at Ford’s Chennai manufacturing facility. The new SUV is built on a new ladder frame platform and comes with so much potential under its belt. Here’s everything you need to know about the all-new Ford Endeavour:
2016 Ford Endeavour Price
The New Ford Endeavour comes with a starting price tag of Rs.23.78 lakh and Rs. 30.89 lakh for the range-topping model. Ford India importing it into the country as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits from Thailand and assembled at the company’s production unit in Chennai.
|2016 Ford Endeavour||Ex-showroom Prices|
|2.2L 4X2 MT||Rs. 23.78 lakh|
|2.2L 4X4 MT||Rs. 26.68 lakh|
|2.2L 4X2 AT||Rs. 25.53 lakh|
|2.2L 4X2 AT (Titanium)||Rs. 27.93 lakh|
|3.2L 4X4 AT (Titanium)||Rs. 30.89 lakh|
There are two different variants namely Trend and Titanium. Trend has three trim levels with 2.2-litre diesel engine equipped manual 4×2, manual 4×4 and auto 4×2.
The Titanium variant comes in two level of trims: 2.2-litre diesel engine equipped auto 4×2 and 3.2-litre diesel engine equipped auto 4×4 – both with added accessories to the basic Trend trim levels.
2016 Ford Endeavour Engine and Performance
Two different capacity diesel engines power the all-new Ford Endeavour. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder TDCi diesel unit with Variable Geometry Turbocharger produces 160 PS of maximum power at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of peak torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,500 rpm. It’s coupled with either a six-speed manual for 2WD and AWD variants or 6-speed automatic transmission for AWD versions.
The top-of-the-range powerful 3.2-litre five-cylinder TDCi engine with Variable Geometry Turbocharger churns out a potent 200 PS maximum power output at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm of peak torque delivered between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. This engine will have a 6-speed automatic gearbox and 4×4 drive system only.
New Ford Endeavour Mileage
The 2.2L engine with manual transmission is claimed to deliver a class-leading fuel economy of 14.12 kmpl whilst the Automatic transmission will return 12.62 km per litre. The mileage of the bigger 3.2-litre diesel engine is rated at 10.91 kmpl.
2016 Ford Endeavour Dimensions
The new generation Ford Endeavour SUV will measure about 4892 mm long, 1860 mm wide, 1837 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2850 mm. The fuel tank capacity stands at 80 litres whilst a 225 mm ground clearance will be of immense help in off-roading.
2016 Ford Endeavour Colours
The six different colour options the big SUV will be offered in are Smoke Grey, Diamond White, Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Sunset Red and Golden Bronze.
2016 Ford Endeavour Exterior
The new-gen Ford Endeavour will be built on a new ladder frame chassis whose platform also underpins the Ford Ranger pick-up truck. The SUV has been redesigned to give a bossy road presence with a rugged looking front fascia and prominent bonnet lines. The inclined roofline is quite appealing as well and plastic cladding everywhere to hamper the off-roader from any damages underneath.
Depend on the ‘Edge’ design philosophy, the evolved third-gen Endeavour features a prominent trapezoidal four-slat chrome grille up front, pulled-back projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, redesigned fog lamps housed in the body coloured bumper with silver inserts, bigger aluminium scuff plate and revised bumpers at front and rear.
The side profile makes the new Endeavour stand apart in the crowd as well with its bolder stance, imposing wheel arches, newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels, raked windows and subtle roofline while sunroof is made available in the top-spec model. At the rear, horizontally wrapped-around taillamps elevate the aggressiveness.
2016 Ford Endeavour Interior and Features
On the inside, the revised dashboard is a welcoming addition which comprises plenty of equipment offered. The standard list contains Ford SYNC3 multimedia system with eight-inch infotainment touchscreen system with voice control, CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth and AUX connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite navigation, cruise control, power adjustable third row seats (50:50), Remote keyless entry and central locking, eight-way power adjustable front seats, sporty three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, sliding and reclining second row seat, double-zone climate control system, rear parking sensors and powered tail-gate.
The instrument cluster gets analogue speedometer with two TFT screens on both sides. One shows the touchscreen display and the other mileage, fuel and temperature. The top-spec versions get leather seats, leather trimmed dashboard, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Terrain Management System with adjustments depending on the surfaces like Snow, Mud, Grass, Sand and Rock.
2016 Ford Endeavour Safety Features
The safety features included in the Endeavour are seven airbags (in top-end model), Seatbelt pre-tensioner, ABS(Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD, Hill Launch Assist, ESP(Electronic Stability Program), TCS(Traction Control System), Engine immoblizer, Electronically locking rear differential, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Emergency Assistance system, Ford MyKey, Semi-auto parallel parking assist and Hill Descent Control among several others.
Suspension, Brakes and Tyres
The chunky SUV will ride on 265/60 R18 alloy wheels with disc brakes at front and back. The suspension systems incorporated are independent coil spring with anti-roll bar up front and coil spring with Watts linkage type with anti-roll bar at the rear to tackle difficult off-road conditions.
The premium SUV will stand toe-to-toe against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Trailblazer and SsangYong Rexton.