The new Ford Endeavour (called as Everest in other markets) has been launched in Thailand. While the cosmetic upgrades are very nominal, the off-roader benefits from an all-new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
In Thailand, the new engine which is available in two states of tune replaces the existing 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre units in a bid to significantly boost efficiency. The entry-level version employs a turbocharger with inter-cooler to produce 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque. The range-topping version benefits from a bi-turbo to dish out 215 PS and 500 Nm of torque.
In comparison, the outgoing 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre units have outputs of 160 PS/385 Nm and 200 PS/470 Nm respectively. Clearly, despite its lower displacement, the new motor boasts of superior performance and the 4 additional gear ratios would go a long way in offering enhanced efficiency.
Considering that the Endeavour for India is assembled out of CKD kits, we expect the new motor to be introduced in the local market eventually so that the automaker can avoid tweaking the existing motors to comply with BS-VI emission norms that are due for 2020.
The Thai-spec 2019 Endeavour also gets Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). Visually, the updates are limited to a new three-slat chrome grille with honeycomb meshing, re-profiled front bumper and new 20-inch alloy wheels for the top-end Titanium+ variant.
The updates are expected to help the new Ford Endeavour to strengthen its appeal against the popular Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X and likes. Expect India launch to take place later this year.