Ford Australia has just revealed the Endeavour Facelift (called the Everest in most markets). The facelifted luxury SUV gets a slew of changes in the design department. Prominent design changes on the SUV include a new front grille, a new bumper and headlamp inserts. The 20 inch alloy wheels also get a redesign. At the rear, the facelifted Endeavour looks similar to the current version.
Ford has also added a new touchscreen infotainment system with Sync 3 interface, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection. While the Ford SYNC3 will be introduced with the facelifted India-spec Endeavour as well, it remains to be seen if the safety feature inclusions make it to the Indian model. Meanwhile, the real deal in the facelifted Endeavour is in the engine department.
Ford has now introduced a 2 litre-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, which replaces the 2.2 litre and 3.2 litre diesel motors in international markets. This engine is available in single turbo and twin turbo states of tune, outputting 180 Bhp-420Nm and 213 Bhp-500 Nm, respectively. However, Ford India is unlikely to offer this engine with the Endeavour Facelift sold here, which will continue using the 2.2 litre and 3.2 litre diesels. These engines will also be modified to meet Bharat Stage VI emission norms, which will kick in from April 2020.
The current Ford Endeavour is doing quite well in the Indian market, as a strong, second best selling luxury SUV, after the Toyota Fortuner. The facelifted model is meant to make the SUV look a bit fresher. We expect the Ford Endeavour Facelift to launch in India sometime early next year. As for pricing, it’s likely to be similar to the current levels. The 2019 Endeavour Facelift is likely to be sold in India as an automatic-only SUV with both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive options on offer.