2016 Ford Endeavour prices (Ex-Showroom Mumbai, with Octroi)
2.2-litre 4×2 MT – Rs. 24.75 lakhs
2.2-litre 4×4 MT – Rs. 26.68 lakhs
2.2-litre 4×2 AT – Rs. 25.53 lakhs
2.2-litre 4×2 AT Titanium – Rs. 27.36 lakhs
3.2-litre 4×4 AT – Rs. 27.78 lakhs
3.2-litre 4×4 AT Titanium – Rs. 29.46 lakhs
Due to limited sales, Ford pulled the Endeavour off the production line in mid-2015. But the imposing dimensions and the butch design made the previous generation Ford Endeavour extremely popular among SUV lovers. Hoping for a much better response, Ford seems to be ready with its all-new 2016 Endeavour, which the company launched today.
In terms of design, the 2016 Endeavour has the bulk of its predecessor, but manages to look new-age. The massive chrome grille up front, which is in line with the Ford design theme, gives it the typical American SUV persona. The silver scuff plates that house the fog lamps, and those massive six-spoke alloy wheels give it a much needed rugged personality. At the back, the silver scuff plates and the chrome above the registration plate looks dominating. On the side, the large flared overhangs house a set of big 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in beefy 260/60 tyres. You can spot the two-tone ORVMs with integrated puddle lamps and roof rails from the side profile. The new Ford Endeavour is not as long as its predecessor though; despite this, it measures 4,892mm in length, 1,860mm in width and 1,837mm in height. Furthermore, the SUV now gets a wheelbase of 2850mm (shorter than the previous generation model) and a ground clearance of 225mm.
Aside from looks and platforms, the new Ford Endeavour will be offered with two diesel engine options: a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder unit with 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrain, and a more powerful 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder, with only AWD action. While the 2.2-litre motor develops 158 HP and 385 Nm of peak torque, the 3.2-litre puts out 197 HP along with 470 Nm of maximum torque, significantly higher than the last model. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of safety, the Endeavour gets dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags and driver knee airbags along with ABD with EBD, electronic stability programm, traction control, hill launch and descent assist, and Ford MyKey among others. The car’s instrument cluster is also modern and feeds you plenty of info – using two TFT screens on either side of an analogue speedometer. And then there is the fact that most of the fancy stuff is on the Trend variant too – including rear parking sensors, reverse camera and the power tailgate! The Titanium even has power-folding third row of seats. All variants have 3-row air-conditioning, while the tyre pressure monitoring, front parking sensors and the sunroof are only on the Titanium. The Ford SYNC2 understands around 10,000 different voice commands, which is pretty impressive, we must say.
The American manufacturer is playing it smart by launching the car at the start of the year, as it will get a few months of a free run before the next Fortuner arrives. This flagship model will also bring over customers from the Hyundai Santa Fe camp. 15ft long, 6ft wide and 6ft tall – The 2016 Ford Endeavour is a Hulk among other SUVs. Toyota better come up with a good strategy for the Fortuner, otherwise there’s a new bully on the block.