After its launch in 2016, the Endeavour is about to get a facelift. The full-size SUV from Ford’s stable will receive minor cosmetic updates with added features. The powertrain, on the other hand, gets no changes whatsoever. To be launched on 22 February, here is how the new Endeavour stacks up against its arch-nemesis, the Toyota Fortuner.
Exterior and Design:
The Endeavour received a blink-and-miss cosmetic update which can only be noticed by hardcore Blue Oval fans. The grille – which is still imposing in the chrome finish – has redesigned horizontal louvres while the bumper design has been mildly tweaked. The unchanged headlights now have a smoky effect as well. The profile now features new 18-inch alloy wheels while the tail lamps now house LED inserts. With the update, Ford has also introduced one new exterior colour called Diffused Sliver and it replaces the Smoke Grey colour of the older model.
Just like the Endeavour, the Fortuner too has been around since 2016. The updated Toyota is sharper than the older model and has chrome embellishments to add to the bling factor. Upfront, the fascia has a new two-slat grille and sweptback headlamps which can be had with bi-beam LED projector headlamps. The floating pillars make it looks sleek while the beefed-up looks of the older car have been toned down. The stylish rear has LED light taillights cluster which features aero fins design that looks striking.
Dimension wise, the Endeavour is bigger of the two, measuring 4903x1869x1937mm with a wheelbase of 2850mm compared to Fortuner’s dimension of 4795x1855x1835mm and 2745mm wheelbase.
Interior and Features:
The updated Endeavour retains the overall layout of the older model. Ford has discontinued the entry-level Trend trim and now the SUV will be available only two variants- Titanium and Titanium+. All variants of this updated Endeavour get six airbags, SYNC3 infotainment system, ABS with EBD, stability assist, hill start assist, power driver’s seat and leather upholstery. The top-spec trim also comes with sunroof, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, power folding third-row seat, semi-auto parallel park assist, one touch window, front parking sensors, and other off-roading hardware.
The Fortuner, like the Endeavour, gets an adjustable steering column, steering mounted audio control, cruise control, adjustable second row as well as third-row seats which can also be folded up to create luggage space. But, it does miss out on things like multi-zone climate control, auto park assist, sunroof, and auto wipers, compared to the new Ford Endeavour. Thankfully, as far as safety kit is concerned, the new Fortuner in its top Sigma variant, comes with seven airbags, ABS, brake assist, traction control, ESP and hill-start assist.
Things will remain unchanged under the hood of the new Endeavour. So the two powertrain options are – a 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder unit producing 158bhp/385Nm while the 3.2-litre produces 197bhp/470Nm. The 2.2-litre unit can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed AT while the 3.2-litre engine can only be had with a six-speed AT and 4X4 as standard.
The Fortuner, on the other hand, offers a choice of petrol engine as well. The 2.7-litre mill puts out 166bhp of power and 245Nm of torque to the rear wheels. The oil burner, however, is a 2.8-litre unit churning out 177bhp of power and 420Nm of torque. Unlike the petrol trim, the turbodiesel is available in both - a 2WD or 4WD set-up. While the diesel gets a six-speed manual and automatic transmission options, the petrol makes do with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.