Ford’s popular SUV has got a new update, with new distinctive grille and comfort features. The update might be a game changer for the Indian spec as competition has got much tougher with the launch of several models.
Ford Motor Company has unveiled the New Endeavour known as the Everest and developed by the Thailand based subsidiary of the parent company has been extensively enhanced in terms of looks as well as features. Based on the Ranger pick-up truck the SUV picks up on the extremely reliable build quality which is set to enter India next year and continue its good run in the subcontinent. The refresh comes as a welcome relief for the car as its competition has been fairly racked up, with the Fortuner getting an update and the entry of MG’s Gloster in the segment.
The Thai spec is powered by the proven 2L engine which makes power 213PS and 500Nm of torque, all of this power is sent to the four wheels via the 10-Speed automatic transmission while the Indian spec is powered by the single turbocharged 170PS/420Nm engine mated to the same gearbox. Ford’s engineers constantly work to improve the engine and related technologies. A special 10-Year Driveline Care program is also being offered on the car and its pickup sibling which extends the warranty to 10-years or 150,000 kilometers.
The transmission is one to look forward to as it’s the world’s first 10-speed automatic that has been tuned to be fast, responsive and offers sublime acceleration in all situations. Selectshift feature is also given which locks gears in range to give a more powerful burst of acceleration and power which can be crucial to use in off road conditions which offer lesser grip.
As of now the updates are only for the Thai model of the car, it can be expected to make it to Indian shores as the Endeavour is brought here in CKD-Completely Knocked Down kits from Thailand. The car mimics the mesh grille of the Endeavour sport which was recently launched in India, but in a chrome finish, the grille has come as a customer preference result according to Ford. All LED headlamps which have 20% better nighttime visibility.
The car comes with FordPass which is an intelligent app built in that allows starting, stopping, locking, data like fuel and distance and remote location via their smartphones. This feature is standard in all variants of the car and in the Sport spec for India. The car comes with Sync 3 connectivity with voice control and an 8in screen with Apple carplay and Android Auto. The cabin has active noise cancellation, a technology which sends reverse sound waves which cancel out the noise from outside to provide the highest level of cabin silence possible.
The off-road prowess of the Endeavour has been updated by the addition of the Terrain Management system which comes with four modes- Normal, Snow/Mud/Grass, Sand and rock, based on selection the onboard computer dictates the throttle response, transmission, AWD system and traction control. It is also capable of wading in water up to 800mm. The panoramic sunroof is expansive covering half of the roof. The third row has a power fold feature which expands the cargo area to a massive 2010L along with a flat fold Second row. Semi-auto Parallel park assist, automatic rear gate, automatic headlamps and wipers, DRLs and 8-way adjustable first row seats are some of the features available.
Although there is no confirmation if the updates will follow to India, it is definitely one to look forward to before the Endeavour is updated to its new generation which has already been spotted testing and may be a year away from release. The Endeavour costs about 1,299,000 Thai Baht ( INR 30L).
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