Ford first showcased the 2014 Endeavour at the 2014 Auto Expo. It gets a whole host of cosmetic updates both on the inside and outside with the largest change being the new grille which is now more in line with the Ford family face. It however, retains the same engine and underpinnings.
The most prominent change is the front grille which now features the octagonal grille that we first saw on the facelifted Ford Figo and then the EcoSport compact SUV which was launched last year. Ford has also revised the design of the headlights, fog lamps and obviously the bumper also. The side and rear profile remains the same as the outgoing car but with the former now gets revised graphics. Some of the new features include blind spot mirror on the passenger side and 16-inch wheels.
Ford has retained most of the interiors from the outgoing car but has now added a touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth for the music system and a reversing camera. The SUV can still seat seven people with decent amount of space for each of the passengers. Standard features across all variants include two-zone AC, fabric upholstery for the manual and RWD AT versions while the top- spec 4X4 AT gets full leather inside.
Engine and gearbox
The SUV retains the 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre Duratorq diesel engines. However, in the facelifted model Ford has kept the four-wheel-drive exclusive to the 3.0-litre engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. The base 2.5-litre Endeavour is only available in a two-wheel-drive guise and comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The Ford Endeavour competes with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva, Isuzu MU7, Toyota Fortuner and the Honda CR-V which is a petrol only model for the Indian market but is similarly priced.