Ford has launched BS6 compliant version of its popular Endeavour SUV with introductory prices, which are valid till 1st May 2020, after which prices will increase by up to Rs 70,000
Updated Endeavour will also be getting some new features including segment-first 10-speed automatic gearbox. There is not any major changes to exteriors design and styling and interiors. Ford says, “The 2020 Endeavour features all-LED headlamps, encased in an all-new contemporary square design lamp cluster. The LED lamps for both low and high-beam provide up to 20% greater lighting penetration for enhanced night-time visibility.”
Talking about the BS6 engine, it’s a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit, internally referred to as the ‘Panther’. This engine is already in use in international-spec Endeavour and now it has been configured to meet BS6 emission norms. To help comply with BS6, new Endeavour utilizes Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), an advanced emission control tech. SCR works by injecting automotive-grade urea in the exhaust stream of the engine, which then breaks down nitrogen oxides into nitrogen, water and some amount of CO2.
Another highlight of BS6 Endeavour is its 10-speed automatic gearbox that will be replacing the 6-speed automatic unit available with BS4 Endeavour. This makes Endeavour the first passenger vehicle in India to offer 10-speed automatic transmission. While 9-speed automatic is already offered with Jeep Compass diesel, Honda CR-V diesel and various models of Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover, 10-speed automatic can work as an effective USP for Ford in India. It is also worth noting that Endeavour’s primary rivals Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X come with 6-speed and 5-speed automatic, respectively.
Reconfigured 2.0-litre engine used on new Endeavour has been tuned to deliver 170 hp of max power at 3,500 rpm and max torque of 420 Nm at 1,750-2,250 rpm. This makes it more powerful that the existing 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel unit that churns out 160 hp / 385 Nm. However, it falls short of the existing 3.2-litre engine that makes 200 hp / 470 Nm. In international markets, the 2.0-liter diesel unit delivers 210 hp and 500 Nm. It also comes with twin-turbo, which has been detuned to single turbo to keep costs in check. Below is the detailed price list of the BS6 Endeavour vs the BS4 Endeavour.
|Variants||BS6 2.0L||BS4 2.2 L||BS4 3.2 L|
|Titanium 4X2 MT||NA||Rs 29.2 Lakh||NA|
|Titanium 4X2 AT||Rs 29.55 Lakh||NA||NA|
|Titanium+ 4X2 AT||Rs 31.55 Lakh||Rs 32.33 Lakh||NA|
|Titanium+ 4X4 AT||Rs 33.25 Lakh||NA||Rs 34.7 Lakh|
New 10-speed automatic gearbox is not just about numbers. It packs in several advanced features such as Progressive Range Selection, which allows the driver to lock gears in place. This comes handy when driving the vehicle in an off-road environment. New transmission also comes with real-time adaptive algorithms, which allow the driver to skip gears when there’s a need for fast acceleration. It may be recalled that Endeavour offers thumb-operated manual gear selector and not the conventional paddle shifter.
New Endeavour also gets Ford Pass tech, which offers a range of connected car features via a smartphone app. Cosmetic enhancements include subtle changes to the headlights. The fender gets a faux vent, which now has only ‘Endeavour’ badging without mentioning the engine capacity.
“Endeavour is one of the most loved SUVs in India and was the only vehicle in its segment to beat an industry slowdown & grow both volumes, as well market share, in 2019,” said Anurag Mehrotra, president & managing director, Ford India. “With 2020 Endeavour, we are offering a product that combines best of both worlds – outstanding capabilities & class-leading fuel efficiency – and thereby delivering more than SUV customers expect. With its enhanced value proposition, we are confident that the Endeavour will become the SUV of choice for several new customers.”