The rivalry between Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour has been going on since they were first launched in India. Ford launched the facelift of the Endeavour in 2020 then Toyota launched the Fortuner’s facelift which got a more powerful tune of the engine. MG also launched the Gloster. This led to stiff competition, making Endeavour the least powerful SUV in the segment. However, Ford is working on correcting this. The manufacturer has started testing the Bi-turbo version of the Endevaour and they will be launching it soon in our country.
The SUV was spotted at Chakan near Pune. It had the emission testing kit mounted at the rear. Cosmetically, the bi-turbo version will stay the same as the current Endeavour. The changes will be only mechanical. Ford will be adding a second turbocharger to the engine which will increase the power output as well the torque.
The engine will now produce 211 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 500 Nm. When compared the current single turbo engine produces 168 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 420 Nm. It will come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission which is the sole transmission with which the Endeavour is sold. The transmission also comes with Ford’s SelectShift technology. This allows the transmission to skip gears and improve driveability. Ford will also be offering a 4×4 drivetrain with the Endeavour.
When compared to its competitors, Fortuner’s 2.8-litre diesel engine produces 201 bhp of max power and 500 Nm of peak torque. So, the power output is less but the torque is the same as the Endeavour. The MG Gloster on the other hand produces 215 bhp of max power and 480 Nm of peak torque from its 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. The Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace are only offered with a petrol engine and are less powerful. So, the Endeavour with the bi-turbo engine will be the most powerful SUV in the segment.
New generation Endeavour in development
Ford is working on a new generation of Endeavour. It is being tested in Australia. From the spy shots, it seems like it will be deriving its design elements from the F-150 pick-up truck. So, expect to see C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps in the front and a large grille. The dimensions of the Endeavour are expected to grow. So, there will be more interior space.
Ford will be offering the new generation of Endeavour with the same 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine. There will also be a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with hybrid technology. It will produce 365 bhp of max power and 680 Nm of peak torque. Ford can also offer the new generation of Endeavour with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. The V6 diesel produces 250 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 600 Nm. The V6 diesel will not be offered in India. The 3.2-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine will also not return.