The Ford Endeavour is just like the Apache RR 310 in some areas. Yep, you read it right. Like the Apache too, the Endy here has received minor facelifts very often. And it’s a flagship product too! So, it seems, TVS and Ford are really keen on updating its brand image in the country by updating its flagship products more often than not. In doing so, both of them has perfected its flagship offerings, with only little left to complain about.
We’ll talk about the TVS on another day since it’s the all-new shiny Endeavour that’s standing in front of us today. Last year, we came impressed with how sorted and balanced the Endeavour was, which is not something you’ll hear more often for ladder-on-frame vehicles. But wait, where are the changes?
Well, as you might have speculated by now, not much. In fact, the only giveaway for the new Endeavour are the re-designed LED headlamps and the Endeavour badging on the front fender, replacing the 3.2 or 2.2 badging, which was there in the earlier model. The main highlight of the new Endeavour, then, lies under the hood. But we’ll get to that in a bit.
Well, as we’ve discussed above, there is little that differentiates the new Endeavour from the ongoing model. Since the exterior specifications remain the same, it still measures 4,903mm in length, 1,869mm in width, and 1,837mm in height. Since Ford has not yet launched the Endeavour yet, it’s hard to confirm if it will carry over the rest of the specifications such as fuel-tank capacity and kerb weight.
Under the hood is where all the differences lie in the new Endeavour. Gone are the older 3.2-litre (the only 5-cylinder engine left) and 2.2-litre diesel mills for a cleaner and greener – yes, BS-VI compliant – 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. This engine is christened as Panther and it’s made in India and exported to other countries. At 170bhp and 420Nm, it’s even torquier than before. Also new is a 10-speed automatic gearbox, which is slick and smooth in operation.
First impressions are that the new 2.0-litre diesel is far more refined than the older mills. So much so, the Endy diesel has lost its big SUV character – if you were into that – and now feels like a much more refined car. Power delivery is quite brisk too, but it’s the surge of torque that comes after 1,800rpm that almost pushes the driver into the seat. So much so, the torque output seems to be overwhelming for a 2.0-litre diesel. The 10-speed gearbox is quick – as said above – and it slots into gears depending on your driving styles.
While Ford has not yet revealed any official fuel efficiency figures for the 2.0-litre diesel under the hood of the new Endeavour, expect it to be more or less similar compared to the earlier BS-IV spec 2.2-litre Endeavour. For references, the 2.2-litre Endy with the automatic gearbox was capable of delivering 12.62km/l.
The older Endeavour was loaded to the brim with features. The main highlight of the outgoing car was an active noise cancellation system, which uses a combination of mics, speakers, and a processor to cancel the noises from outside the cabin. The layout of the dashboard remains unchanged, with the brand’s 8.0-inch SYNC3 touchscreen taking the centre stage. The four-spoke steering wheel is also carried over, and so are the buttons and knobs. The only noticeable change here is the new gear lever, with a fiddly button for Tiptronic mode. Then there is a panoramic sunroof at the top, which increases the airiness of the cabin to the greatest extent.
The one feature new to the Endeavour is Ford Pass, the brand’s connected-car application, which allows the users to remotely switch on the car, cool it up, request the location of the vehicle, amongst other things.
The Endeavour, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, namely, Moondust Silver, Diamond White, Absolute Black, Sunset Red, Diffused Silver, and Smoke Grey. The car you see above is finished in Diffused Silver shade. Whether Ford will introduce new shades with the 2020 Endeavour still remains unknown.
All the details regarding the Ford Endeavour, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Ford Endeavour is available in three variants, with one variant for the 2.2-litre diesel-manual, one variant for the 2.2-litre diesel-AT, and one variant for the 3.2-litre diesel-AMT. The prices start at Rs. 29.2 lakhs for the Titanium 2.2 4×2 MT variant going all the way up to Rs. 34.7 lakhs for the Titanium Plus 3.2 4×4 AT variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Expect the BS-VI Endeavour to be in the same price range as the outgoing model. For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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