The Ford Endeavour towers over most cars in India, and has one of the best street presences among luxury SUVs sold here. Why, the Endeavour even makes the best selling Toyota Fortuner look tame in comparison.
Wild has been taken to the next level by a Ford customer somewhere in Odisha, who got the dealer to customise his Endeavour.
The brand new, customised Endeavour is a total brute of an SUV. Changes include a Raptor grille up front, tail light covers, stop lamps mounted on the D-Pillar and meaty 20-inch offset alloy wheels. The offset alloy wheels are likely to void suspension warranty in case of a claim though.
The Endeavour is one of the more successful luxury SUVs sold in India. While it sells less than a third of the Toyota Fortuner, numbers still are respectable, averaging about 500 units a month. The Endeavour’s butch looks is a major selling point. The SUV is offered with two engine options, both of them turbocharged diesels.
The smaller one is a 2.2 litre-4 cylinder unit with 158 Bhp of peak power and 385 Nm of peak torque while the larger one is a 3.2 litre-5 cylinder unit with 197 Bhp-470 Nm – class leading outputs. Both engines get 6-speed automatic gearboxes as standard. While the 2.2 diesel drives the rear wheels, the 3.2 diesel gets an all wheel drive mode as standard.
Prices of the Endeavour start from Rs. 26.32 lakhs, and the SUV is CKD assembled at Ford’s Chennai factory. As for safety features, the Endeavour is well equipped. ABS+EBD and 7 airbags are standard on the top-end trim, which also offers ESP, traction control, a terrain response system for the all wheel drive mode, hill hold, hill descent control, and an electronic centre differential lock that distributes torque evenly to all four wheels during off roading.
The Endeavour offers seating for 7 adults, and is a lot more comfortable than the leaf sprung model it replaced.