Ford India has imported the 2016 Endeavour luxury SUV, either for homologation or for research. The SUV will be assembled at the American automaker’s Maramalainagar factory, near Chennai, through the completely knocked down (CKD) route with the CKD kits imported from Thailand. Internationally, the 2016 Endeavour is available with three engine options – 2.2 liter-4 cylinder and 3.2 liter-5 cylinder turbo diesels, and a 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbo petrol. These engines use 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions. Both front wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts are offered, with a Terrain Sensing system on the all wheel drive variants.
Now, the interesting bit about the 2016 Endeavour bound for India is the diesel motor it will use. Import details reveal that the SUV will use the 3.2 liter TDCI unit, rated at 197 Bhp-470 Nm, making it the motor with the most torque in India’s luxury SUV segment, whose other constituents include the likes of the best selling Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs. The 3.2 liter TDCI unit on the new Endeavour will give the SUV big street cred, enough for Ford to price and position the vehicle as a segment leader. Already, the SUV has a few bases covered in terms of butch looks and luxurious interiors.
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In terms of dimensions, the 2016 Endeavour is actually shorter than the outgoing model, but is wider and taller. The 7 seat layout is retained, and so is the off road capability with low and high ratios on the four wheel drive mechanism. In terms of features, the SUV ups the ante, with significant additions when compared to the outgoing model. Here are all the details on what the new SUV brings to the table. The 2016 Endeavour is expected to be priced about 10 % higher than the outgoing version. If Ford can position the SUV as a butch, reliable and powerful yet contemporary alternative to the segment leading Fortuner, the American automaker may be onto something, for the Endeavour holds much promise.