Ford Endeavour Drive Experience Leg 2: Bangalore

India’s most loved, trusted and revered premium SUV Ford Endeavour earns admiration of enthusiasts at a power-packed off-roading event in Bangalore

The experiential event, Great Ford Endeavour Drive, was organised to give customers & enthusiasts a first-hand experience of the recently launched New Ford Endeavour’s best-in-class off-roading capabilities

Participants experienced the New Ford Endeavour on a track simulating challenging off-road conditions including hill climbs & descents, slush, water wading among others

This is what a customer, Srisha Manekeri had to say after the drive “I am amazed by the sheer capabilities pf this butch looking SUV. I had a primitive perception all-together of the Endeavour until I actually drove it in this terrain. I have never seen any car driven on 3 wheels and it feels like it is going to topple anytime. But, the endless safety features of the Endeavour would prevent any sort of mishaps. I am much more confident about driving my Endeavour now. I would not think twice before splashing it through the gusty rain filled roads of Namma Bengaluru. I would definitely recommend this to my friends over any other car in its segment”.

Ford India organized its marquee ‘Great Ford Endeavour Drive’ for select customers and media in Bangalore to give a first-hand experience of its revered premium SUV, the recently launched New Ford Endeavour’s best-in-class off-roading capabilities.

The experiential drive, set amidst natural terrain on the outskirts of Bangalore, simulated challenging off-roading conditions including — sharp turns, steep hill climbs & hill descent, wading through slush, uneven surfaces, driving at high-degree tilt among others. Customers experienced the exceptional ride quality and dynamic handling of the capable premium SUV.

The New Ford Endeavour will give customers an option to choose from Ford’s two, fun-to-drive diesel engines — 2.2-litre four-cylinder TDCi and 3.2-liter five-cylinder TDCi.

With a simplified variant lineup, the New Endeavour is now available in three-trims – 2.2L Titanium Manual, 2.2L Titanium+ Automatic and 3.2L Titanium+ Automatic.

Packed with outstanding power, unmatched quality and value, the New Ford Endeavour has been designed to delight SUV lovers.

Featuring a strong passenger cage and up to seven airbags, including a driver knee-airbag, the New Endeavour offers outstanding safety. With six airbags, as standard equipment across the model lineup, the premium SUV ensures complete peace of mind, no matter which variant customers prefer.

Seen here is the depth of water which is roughly 400mm. The Endeavour can actually wade through 800 mm of water.     

The SUV also features Hill Launch Assist and Hill Descent Control that make steep uphill or downhill climbs more convenient and easier for drivers.

The one on the right is to exhibit the Hill hold capability of the Endeavour. Remove your foot off the brake and the car will hold itself on the incline for 3 seconds without rolling back. That’s so damn impressive. How I wish this came across as a standard safety feature across all cars.

Contrary, On the left is the hill descent control, Take your foot off the brake and accelerator, the car will slowly crawl at its own pace, downhill.  

Why are they called 4 wheelers if they can be driven on 3 wheels? 

The 2.2-liter four cylinder TDCi engine will now be paired to a six-speed manual transmission as well along with automatic. With the new manual transmission, the 2.2L engine will deliver a best-in-segment 14.2 Km/L fuel economy. The Automatic transmission will continue delivering a fuel economy of 12.62 Km/L.

Customers looking for optimum fuel economy without compromising performance can choose the 2.2-litre diesel motor that puts out 160PS of power and 385 Nm of torque. For those wanting the unmatched performance, Ford continues to offer its 3.2- diesel engine that generates 200PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. This engine has been tuned to deliver maximum power and torque and is perfect for frequent off-road adventures.

Notice the massive ground clearance. The Endeavour will never scrape its bottom in most of the situations you will come across. It gets the much needed front parking sensors to warn you of any obstacles in your forward vicinity.

When you turn on the diff lock in this particular stretch of track. All the power is transferred to the tyre that’s in the most need of it. This will greatly enable the Endeavour to crawl out of the worst situations.

Notice how the power is now transferred to the front wheels. Because, the tyre in the air does not need any traction. It just spins.

The last obstacle is also the toughest. The car inclines at a massive angle of 25 degrees. Proves it time and again that there is  absolutely no margin of error in off-roading. A gentleman missed the alignment slightly and the side steps were damaged. However, the Endy made it out effortlessly

Notice how worse the situation is getting:

The New Ford Endeavour features several new and best in segment features, including:

· First-in-segment Terrain Management System with four preset modes to conquer any terrain with great ease

· Impressive water-wading capacity of 800 mm

· Globally renowned in-car connectivity system SYNC 3 paired to an 8-inch touchscreen – compatible with Apple CarPlay and Google Auto

· Only premium SUV to feature a panoramic sun-roof, covering up to 50% of the roof space

· Semi Auto Parallel Park Assist that helps locate the right sized parking spot and steers the SUV effortlessly to reduce anxiety

· New design 18-inch alloy wheels ensuring excellent grip and handling

· 8-way Power Adjustable Driver & Front Passenger Seat offering superior comfort just at the touch of a button

· First-in-class Active Noise Cancellation, a technology used in noise-cancelling headphones to help reduce low-frequency engine sounds from entering the cabin

· Only SUV in its segment to offer Hands-Free Power Lift Gate – enabling owners to open the boot by triggering a sensor in the rear at a simple motion of their foot

· New Push start button, and keyless entry along with a host of smart features

· New Dual-zone automatic climate control across variants

· Practical interior design offer flexible seating and cargo arrangements – including fold-flat second- and first-in-class power-fold third-row that instantly flattens at the touch of a button and can hold up to 2,010 litres of cargo with rear seats folded

That’s how the track was laid. It was indeed an amazing experience to take the Endy in such a treacherous condition and come back smiling 🙂

All variants offer great value for money and have well-appointed cabins that are significantly better than competing models in the segment. Surprisingly affordable to own, the New Endeavour comes with a 3-year or 100,000 KM warranty and a scheduled service and ownership cost of 68 paisa / 100,000 KM (2.2L) and 71.5 Paisa (3.2L) respectively.

The New Ford Endeavour is available in five colours, including brand new Diffused Silver as well as Sunset Red, Diamond White, Absolute Black and Moon-dust Silver. The premium SUV is assembled at Ford’s integrated manufacturing facility in Chennai.

By how much will the Endeavour set you back? 

At a price starting INR 28.19 Lakh, the 2019 edition of the premium SUV comes with greater road presence, style and convenience while continuing to offer class-leading off-road capabilities, unmatched safety and advanced technologies.

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