Ford has revealed details of the 2015 Ford Endeavour. The car will go on sale in India next year and also in markets like China, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The production version which has been unveiled remains true to the design of the concept which was showcased at Sydney last year.
The exterior looks muscular and intimidating with the big dimensions adding to the SUV-ish appearance. The upright face is defined by the chrome plated, hexagonal, two-bar grille and DRLs also make their presence felt in the headlamp assembly. Aluminium skid plates at the front and rear, hint at the off-roading capabilities of the SUV. The sides get redesigned wheels and beefy arches.
Interiors look clean and uncluttered with simple design and easy to reach controls. The dashboard is dominated by the 8-inch touchscreen SYNC 2 system which supports voice command and can be used to control various features like multimedia, climate control and, if opted for, the navigation system. Storage space is phenomenal and can be further increased by folding the third and even the second row of seats, taking the total capacity to 2,010 litres.
The new 2015 Endeavour will come with three engine options – one petrol and two diesel units. The petrol will be a 2.0 litre EcoBoost and will mostly not make it to the Indian version. The diesel units will come in the 2.2 litre and 3.2 litre variations. Out of these two, we will likely get the 2.2 litre motor which can be specified with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission in rear or all-wheel drive configurations.
Speaking of all-wheel drive, the new Endeavour has accumulated improved off-roading prowess and will come with Terrain Management System having four settings – Gravel, Snow, Sand and Normal. The all-wheel drive system has an active transfer case with a lockable torque on demand. This SUV has a ground clearance of 225mm and can also make its way in 800mm of water. Better handling is ensured by way of independent coil springs at the rear instead of the current models leaf spring setup.
Safety has also been given special attention with the inclusion of seven airbags, high-strength steel safety cage and assistance systems like lane departure warning, blind spot indication, ESP and adaptive cruise control.
The 2015 Endeavour is expected to cost around 20-25 lakh rupees and will be pitted against Honda CR-V, Toyota Fortuner, Ssangyong Rexton and Hyundai’s Santa Fe.