- The updated Ford Endeavour was revealed in Australia in May this year.
- The facelift gets slight cosmetic tweaks but the major changes come under the skin.
- Expected to be launched in India early next year.
Ford has revealed the mildly updated Endeavour in international markets such as Thailand and Australia. For the first time, the facelifted Endeavour was spotted in India ahead of the official launch which we expect to happen sometime in early-2019. The updated SUV gets a blink-and-miss styling update. But apart from that, we expect additional features to keep the Endeavour relevant against the newly-introduced Mahindra Alturas G4. Moreover, a new diesel engine is also on the cards.
Appearance wise, the imposing three-louvre grille is revised along with the front bumpers. The SUV also sits on newly-designed two-tone finished 20-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, Ford might adopt soft-touch materials to make the seven-seater even more premium. Other additions might include the eight-inch infotainment screen with Ford’s SYNC3 system. Apart from that, the feature list will get additional equipment such as keyless entry, push-button start, reverse parking sensors and camera as standard fitment. Similar to the international-spec car, features such as the hands-free tailgate, park assist, autonomous braking, cruise control and lane assist will also be a part of the package but as an optional extra.
Even the ASEAN-spec sold in Thailand, the updated Endeavour, comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel is a part of the new Panther engine family. This engine comes in turbo and twin-turbo guise producing – 180hp/420Nm and 213hp/500Nm respectively. The transmission is either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. This new engine is more powerful yet more fuel efficient than the 2.2-litre engine which powers the Indian-spec model. Ford India might or might not introduce this new engine in the country.
The last update for the Endeavour was early this year when the carmaker rejigged the variants and introduced a sunroof on the 2.2 Titanium variant. The full-size SUV has been soldiering on for a couple of years now without any major changes. Meanwhile, the competition has gotten serious lately with the introduction of the facelifted Isuzu MU-X, and the Mahindra Alturas G4 apart from the usual contenders like Toyota Fortuner and Skoda Kodiaq. The American carmaker might want to bring the updated Endeavour in India soon to keep the competition interesting.