Ford Endeavour Review

By Motor Trend Staff   |  April 23, 2015

Overview

The first gen of Ford Endeavour tasted quite a bit success in India initially due to its huge SUV stance however the charm faded away slowly. The new entries in the segment made it look like a thing of past in terms of styling performance and features. Now, with the continuous rising demand of premium SUVs in India, Ford has entered with their all new Endeavour which is based on a new platform and looks much better than its predecessor. Is it capable enough to worry its competitors as well? Let us find out the facts in detail.


Powertrain & Performance

There are two brand new engine options on the Ford Endeavour which includes 2.2L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine and the powerful 3.2L diesel engine. The 2.2L diesel engine is capable of churning a peak power and torque output of 158bhp@3200rpm and 385Nm respectively. The utmost torque output is available at 1600rpm only and this engine comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and with an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox. This engine powers the rear wheel of this SUV however this engine is also available with an AWD layout which is only available with a manual gearbox.

But if you want the AWD layout in the automatic version then you have to buy Endeavour with the powerful 3.2L engine which produces a peak power and torque output of 197bhp and 470Nm which is available at 3000rpm and 1750rpm respectively. This engine only comes with AWD layout and is mated with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This engine surely feels more powerful on road and has better throttle response than the 2.2L engine. It feels extremely refined and the initial pick up is very impressive which suits city usage however on highways the engine feels thirsty for more power may be because of the heavy weight of this SUV.

The new Endeavour is based on a brand new chassis which is surely heavy but makes this SUV better in terms of ride and handling than before. The SUV now feels more subtle at highways and there is significant drop in the bump intrusions inside the cabin than before. The light power steering is very easy to use on crowded city roads and makes it easy for you to park the vehicle at tight spaces. The braking duties are done by disc brakes on all wheels along with ABS with EBD which gives you extreme confidence while sudden braking and feels progressive.


Build & Styling

The new Endeavour is bigger than before as it measures 4892mm in length, 1860mm in width and 1837mm in height. It comes with a wheelbase of 2850mm and rides at a high ground clearance of 225mm. The front bold styling includes high placed square shaped bonnet with a chrome accentuated grille and sharp projector headlamps. Move the side and the macho design looks even more impressive with its bulgy wheel arches over its 18-inch wheels, big doors and glasses while the rear profile completes the look with its high boot door, short rear bumper with sporty wiper on the rear glass.

The Endeavour gets complete new design and styling inside as well. The new dual tone colors inside look extremely premium with usage of high quality leather and plastic material inside. The new Endeavour gets projector headlamps, automatic climate control, touchscreen audio system with navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls, rear parking camera, alloy wheels, leather wrapped interiors and vehicle stability program. The Endeavour also has an electric panoramic sunroof, Traction control, Hill launch assist, ambient lighting and will have six airbags, first in class 4X4 Terrain Management system , powered liftgate, foldable third row seat, power foldable and heated ORVMs, Ford Sync 2 system with 8-inch touchscreen system and much more.


Verdict

The Endeavour in all senses; be it styling, interiors, power or features is better than before and is now a good competition to its rivals. In fact, the powerful 3.2L engine makes it one of the most powerful machines in its class; however, it has been priced on the bit premium side. But if you wish to buy a good quality CBU product without compromising on power, features and space, then we do not hesitate in suggesting you to buy the new Endeavour.