Ford has launched the updated Endeavour in Indian. This is a mid-life update for the American automaker which includes some cosmetic updates as well as an expanded feature list. There are three variants, two engine options and six colours on offer for the SUV.
Realistically speaking there are only two major rivals for the Ford Endeavour- the Toyota Fortuner and the Mahindra Alturas G4. We have already looked at how this updated Endeavour stands up to the Fortuner and here is how it takes on the Mahindra Alturas G4.
One of the primary talking points in this segment is size and presence. Both vehicles are big and boxy ladder-on-frame SUVs matching the requirements in that regard. It’s a duel then to see how the individual elements on each car give their vehicle the extra bit of punch in terms of presence.
Where the Endeavour is old school and boxy, the Alturas has rounded lines, giving a European feel to the overall design. Top design highlights of the Endeavour comprise of silver coloured bash plate elements, design of the alloy wheels as well as a new design for the bumpers. On the other hand, the Alturas gets the signature Mahindra grille, LED headlamps, the five spoke alloy wheels and the shape of the tail lamps. Its styling is a mix of modern crossover design as well as the old school boxy SUV-like appearance.
Given the pricing and position of these vehicles, it should come as no surprise that they get many features as standard across all variants. This list includes leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, power driver’s seat, split folding second row and folding function for the third row.
The Alturas has an advantage over the Endeavour in the case of second row dimensions, but it’s the other way around with row three for both cars. However, the Endeavour gets auto park function and this is very useful for a vehicle of this size but is only offered with the top of the line Titanium+ variant.
Engine and gearbox
The Endeavour can be had with a 2.2-litre diesel producing 158bhp/385Nm or a 3.2-litre diesel producing 197bhp/470Nm. Both are only offered with a six-speed AT and the latter can only be had with AWD.
The Mahindra Alturas G4 is offered with a 2.2-litre diesel that produces 178bhp/420Nm. It can be had in 2WD or 4WD guise and there is only a seven-speed AT on offer.
Both the Alturas and the Endeavour get locking differentials, a low range gearbox and of course, AWD as a part of the off-roading package. But in the case of the latter, AWD is only offered with the 3.2-litre engine.