Ford Endeavour 2016 Review: The Most Desirable Beast For Now

Ford Endeavour Price in India

 

Ford is offering the new Endeavour in India with two diesel engine

options. We tested the 3.2-litre powered variant recently and came out

quite impressed with its strong performance. Now it’s time for us to

test the 2.2-litre version. The latter is the more popular engine of

the two because of its desirable price positioning. Let’s find out how

capable the smaller engine is to haul this big brute. We took it to

Goa from Mumbai in varying traffic and road conditions to get the

proper feel of this American SUV on Indian soil.

 

DESIGN AND STYLING 

The Ford Ranger pick-up platform underpins the all-new Ford Endeavour

  1.  This is a ladder -on-frame construction and has its inherent

strengths of durability and ruggedness. It doesn’t have a jazzy

styling but looks premium. The Ford Endeavour 2016 reminds you of the

classic American muscle trucks. It comes with a new trapezoidal front

grille which has horizontal slats. Then there are projector headlamps

with LED DRLs, a roof-mounted rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.

An Endeavour branded chrome strip runs across the tailgate between the

tail lamp clusters. This makes it look premium.

 

The Ford Endeavour 2016 is rugged and sleek. This SUV is 4892mm long

and has a ground clearance of 225mm. This allows the Ford Endeavour

2016 to tackle any kind of terrain with ease. The menacing road

presence and massive size can make the weak tremble. This makes the

Ford Endeavour 2016 stand out in a crowd.

 

CABIN 

Step inside and you’ll be happy to note that the vast exterior

dimensions have liberated good interior room, and with it has also

come a much plusher feel. The dashboard top is covered in

double-stitched leather and feels nice to touch, although lower down

in the cabin, you’ll find some bits that seem low-rent for the price.

The Titanium variants get a nice 8-inch touchscreen with Ford’s latest

infotainment system, called Sync 2. In addition to providing Bluetooth

connectivity and streaming music, it also uniquely allows for voice

commands, and a valet mode that can shut off the display when you are

handing over the car to someone else, protecting any personal data you

might have stored in the system.

 

The touchscreen system is flanked by two large air-con vents and on

top of the glovebox is a nice, chunky, satin-finished plastic strip.

The steering wheel feels great to hold and is well designed, but has a

few too many buttons on it. There are two hi-res information screens

in the instrument panel that sit on either side of a central

speedometer. The one on the right is the car-and-driver interface,

while the one on the left is a display for the audio functions. The

centre console looks nice and simple, with not too many buttons except

the AC and audio controls. Below this there are multiple power sockets

followed by a nice cavity to store odds and ends. Just ahead of the

gearknob, there are buttons to control the park assist, traction

control system and a dial for the off-road controls. This rotary dial

operates Ford’s Terrain Management system. There’s space behind the

gearlever with two rubberised cup holders and all the doors get bottle

holders too.

 

Sink into the large, powered driving seat and finding a good driving

position is quite easy. You immediately realise the new car is much

wider on the inside than the earlier one and there’s an abundance of

legroom in the second row too – the seats, though a touch too low, are

quite comfortable with good cushioning. Headroom is not too great on

variants equipped with the panoramic sunroof though. The third row,

however, isn’t quite spacious enough for adults – you are sat low,

it’s cramped for kneeroom and headroom, and access is quite a chore.

The ability to slide the second row forward does at least afford some

relief, making it possible to use the last row occasionally over short

distances. Impressively, the third row is powered, and can be folded

away at the touch of a button, but even with them in place, luggage

room is not too bad. Fold them away though, and space is properly

impressive. Unlike the previous Endeavour, the boot opens via a hatch,

not a door, and it’s powered. This also means the spare wheel has had

to be moved to beneath the car.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE 

The model we test drove was the 3.2L TDCi with a 6-speed automatic

gearbox. On paper, the engine might seem a bit less powerful than may

be required for a behemoth like the Ford Endeavour. But with more than

adequate torque available through the rev-band, the new model doesn’t

seem weak or lumbering on the road. There is a healthy 470Nm of torque

available, though this peak level is generated within a small

rpm-range of between 1,750 to 2,000 rpm. As a result, the 3.2L TDCi

has a punchy and strong mid-range, and the sub-1,500 rpm acceleration

cycle feeling a bit more laboured. Idling rpm-level is at about 900

rpm. Its performance on the road is brisk and the torque converter

gearbox is often what seems to be the part of the powertrain that

needs to better match the engine. The new Endeavour has excellent

stopping power despite the fact that it is shod with MRF Wanderer

All-Terrain tyres.

 

The other engine on offer is the 2.2L TDCi, which puts out a peak

power of 160PS and peak torque of 385Nm. This variant is also offered

with the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the engine models

are offered with 4X4 variants. With an electric locking rear

differential and an All Terrain Management System, the new Endeavour’s

4X4 capability is quite significant. Capable of shifting on-the-fly

with the rotary selector and with a water-wading capability of 800mm,

the Endeavour is built to get off the road on an expedition or maybe

even stay on it during the monsoons!

 

RIDE AND HANDLING 

I was also impressed with the Endeavour’s dynamics, despite its bulk

and the superb ride quality. Expectedly, there’s body roll and at

times the MRF tyres make you feel like they’re having trouble pulling

the heft through, but there’s a confident feel to the SUV. The

steering wheel even offers a precise feel, which aids confidence. The

ride quality though is brilliant, as there isn’t much lateral movement

and the suspension soaks in bump, potholes and a lot more very well.

 

SAFETY 

The Ford Endeavour 2.2 comes with all the safety kit offered with the

3.2, except driver knee airbag and hill descent control. Otherwise it

comes with six airbags – dual front airbags, side airbags and curtain

airbags. ABS with EBD is there of course, standard with electronic

stability programme and traction control system. The new Ford

Endeavour is being offered with 2 year/1,00,000 km warranty and 24×7

roadside assistance with optional extended warranty. Ford has had a

bumpy ride in India previously with buyers’ unsatisfactory perception

towards their after sales service. However, the American carmaker now

promises much better service experience and has come a long way in

terms of network pan India.

 

BOTTOMLINE 

While this new 2016 Endeavour is unarguably leagues better than what

it replaces, Ford India aren’t really looking to outdo themselves. As

a matter of fact, the brand is vying for the entry-level full-size

luxury SUV crown and the new Endeavour is more than capable for the

task. It not only looks the part but also drives well. And more

importantly for fans of the old Endeavour, it still comes with genuine

off-road credentials.

Ford Endeavour Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 23,91,200/- (Endeavour 2.2L 4X2 AT Trend) to 29,59,000/- (Endeavour 3.2L AWD AT Titanium) .Ford Endeavour has 3 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Ford Endeavour comes in 6 colours, namely Diamond White,Golden Bronze,Moondust Silver,Panther Black,Smoke Grey,Sunset Red.

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