Ford had launched the facelifted Endeavor last year (in global markets) in May. Now, it is getting ready for India launch. Some dealers have already received display cars, with bookings open at Rs 1 lakh.
Talking about the updates, there are minor changes to the exterior design. While the front looks marginally different with a sleeker grille the side profile looks updated thanks to the new set of 18-inch alloy wheels. As far as the rear is concerned, there are no changes on the design front.
Though Ford won’t be updating the interiors, it will be bringing in new creature-comfort features for customers. Some of the major feature additions include a push-button start, passive key-less entry and a foot-activated power tail-gate. International markets have also received an inclusion of Autonomous Emergency Braking with Vehicle and Pedestrian detection, but in all likelihood, it won’t be part of the feature list in India.
Another thing which Indian customers will miss out upon are the new powertrain options, a 2-litre twin turbo diesel (213PS/500Nm) and a 2-litre single turbo diesel unit (180PS/420Nm), both of which are mated to a 10-speed automatic unit.
Unfortunately, India will not get these new engines. The new Endeavour will continue with e same old engine options as before. These are 3.2 litre single turbo diesel motor (200PS/470Nm) which will be paired to a 6-speed AT. The 2.2 litre diesel engine (160PS/385Nm) will continue to work out as an entry-level engine option, but this time, MT will also be on offer. This will bring entry price down. Currently, only AT options are on offer with Endy.
Historically, the primary rival of the Endeavor has been the Toyota Fortuner, however the new kid on the block, the Mahindra Alturas G4 has come in as another major competitor. The Alturas though a new product in India, it happens to be a rebadged version of the latest generation of the Ssangyong Rexton. Expect prices of new Endy to start in the Rs 26 lakh range.