The upcoming Ford Endeavour is also known as the Everest in other markets. It was first showcased as the 'Everest concept' in Sydney, Australia in 2013, and later unveiled at the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show. The production-ready car not just borrows traits from the concept, but looks almost similar, apart from the new alloy wheels. And there is more to the latest version of the Fortuner than just the cosmetic makeover.
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The upcoming Ford Endeavour is also known as the Everest in other markets. It was first showcased as the 'Everest concept' in Sydney, Australia in 2013, and later unveiled at the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show. The production-ready car not just borrows traits from the concept, but looks almost similar, apart from the new alloy wheels. And there is more to the latest version of the Fortuner than just the cosmetic makeover. It is based on a new ladder frame chassis in order to beef up its off-road capabilities. It is expected to be exhibited at the Auto Expo and will be launched in India in early 2016.
Ford has developed the latest iteration of the Endeavour in conjunction with the Australian engineering team. The SUV is based on Ford's Edge design philosophy, while retaining the muscular styling all through. The new one looks more upmarket than its current generation. The new car gets an aggressive front end featuring a dominant four-slat chrome grille, but misses out on the Endeavour script like the current one. The body coloured bumpers come with silver inserts that house the new fog lamps.
The changes on the side are evident with the shoulder line tapering towards the rear and chiseled wheel arches. The biggest change is the new pattern for the alloy wheels. At the back, the bumper also comes with silver accents and houses the reflectors. The wrap around tail lamps with Christmas-tree arrangement from the predecessor are replaced by restyled tail lights.
The interior of the new Endeavour is inspired by Ford's F-150 pickup truck. The cabin features Ford's SYNC2 multimedia system with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen display like in the F-150. There is a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and an instrument cluster that consists of an analogue speedometer with two TFT screens on either side. One screen displays the entertainment options like the touchscreen display on the centre console, while the other shows other information like fuel, temperature, mileage, etc. In the four-wheel-drive variant, it also provides very useful off-road information such as angle of roll, pitch, and even the amount the front wheels are turned. The top-of-the-line variant gets leather seats and even a leather-stitched dashboard. The 4X4 trim comes with Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist and an electronically locking rear differential.
Engine and Gearbox
Ford is likely to offer the Endeavour in India with two diesel engine options - a 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit and an another powerful 3.2-litre five-cylinder mill. The former powerplant produces 158bhp of power and 385Nm of torque, while the latter develops 197bhp of power and 470Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, but the 2.2-litre engine model also gets a six-speed manual gearbox in a different variant. The 4x4 variant will only be available with the powerful 3.2-litre model, while the smaller engine setup will be offered only in the 4x2 layout.
Price and Competition
This new Endeavour will be a successor to the current model on sale in India. Ford might charge a slight premium for this one over the one available now. It might be slotted in the Rs 24 lakh to Rs 28 lakh price bracket and will go up against the Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.