Ford India’s Endeavour BS6 is only available with a 2.0-litre diesel powertrain
Ford Motor Company’s Endeavour, known as ‘Everest’ outside India, has been a popular 7-seater SUV in global markets for many years. The Ford Everest was initially introduced as a five-door SUV avatar of the iconic Ford Ranger four-door pickup truck, but soon became one of the best names in the segment. The ‘mid-size SUV’ (according to the US market) is currently in its third generation and India has already received its updated BS6 avatar.
The 2020MY Ford Endeavour BS6 was launched in January at a starting price of Rs 29.55 lakh ex-showroom. Ford India has ditched the old BS4-compliant 2.2-litre four-cylinder (158bhp/385Nm) and 3.2-litre five-cylinder (197bhp/470Nm) diesel variants for an all-new 2.0-litre EcoBlue mill. Another highlight is its 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed by Ford Motor Company and General Motors.
As you may know, diesel powertrains are more of a rarity in foreign markets. Yet, the Ford Everest is one of the few names which have mostly got diesel variants. It is currently available with a 2.0-litre petrol mill in important markets such as China (under Changan Ford Motor and Jiangling Motors). Now, reports state that it will be getting a new 2.3-litre petrol motor later this month.
This piece of information is particularly interesting since global automotive industries are struggling to continue business amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. China, the epicentre of SARS-CoV-2, is going through a stage of recovery and businesses are returning to their former state. China’s automotive industry is a prime example of this.
The current 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder petrol motor makes roughly 244bhp and 360Nm of torque while mated to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic. The upcoming 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder churns out around 271bhp and 455Nm while coupled to the new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
We don’t expect this powertrain to come to India even though the Toyota Fortuner is available in a BS6 petrol format albeit in low demand. The Indian-spec Ford Endeavour’s 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder develops 168bhp and 420Nm of torque. In international markets, this power plant is available in a twin-turbo setup, pushing the output to 207bhp and 500Nm.
The Ford Endeavour primarily locks horns with the Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4 but could face tight competition from the upcoming MG Gloster. The rebadged Maxus D90 is not a direct rival to the popular 7-seaters in terms of powertrain. However, MG Motor India could price it aggressively to seep into the Endeavour’s purchase margin.