They say your car is a reflection of who you are but there lives more than one personality inside each one of us and hence the requirement of a car that can do it all. The Ford Endeavour, India’s first premium SUV was launched in 2003. Its 2016 ladies and gentlemen and it’s back! In its latest iteration it has matured so much it’s gonna take me more than one mindset to understand it And as such on the outside I don’t need too many words to explain how it looks. I think it looks brutishly handsome Let’s quickly check how it looks on the inside. There’s definitely a very premium feel to this cabin with a leather cladded dash eight inch touch screen the instrument cluster – part analog, part digital Lots of tech on offer automatic headlamps rain sensing wipers cruise control a ten speaker music system with sub-woofer a Wi-Fi hotspot panoramic sunroof steering wheel is nice and chunky it’s got 22 buttons on it it’s only adjustable for tilt not reach.
This car comes with a suite of technologies that let you take on any terrain something that Ford calls ‘terrain response management’ and if that is too much of a name for you think of it as the cheat code It’s got an all new chassis a complete new body shell an advanced suspension set up It makes the older one feel like an automobile relic. Here, preset algorithms for distant terrain control the traction control EBD, throttle response and gear change rpm to make sure you have maximum traction for the particular terrain There’s the most common kind of surface you’ll be driving on a dirt road, gravel road or a forest trail. And then there’s snow/ mud/ grass mode the throttle response dies a little. It’s a little dull to avoid wheel spin The ABS will allow the wheels
to lock a little so that you can brake quicker on the smooth surface For more extreme terrains, the car comes with a rock mode Right, I have a problem my front right tire is in the air and my rear left doesn’t seem to have enough traction rear differential lock on, let’s try it again. Thank you, hill hold assist. Off I go This grinding mechanical sound that you hear is the hill decent control locking down individual tires so the car can come down straight at a controlled speed I really have to do nothing but just control the speed using the cruise control buttons The Endeavour unlocks new possibilities for our city folks to explore the country side. It really is so easy and convenient it’s like the car is begging you to explore beyond the tarmac. So the Endeavour’s been a terrific tool
for my weekend life away from the city in the serenity of a place like this. With the weekend behind us it’s time to get back to the rigmarole of the urban life and find out how the Endeavour takes on to the urban concrete jungle Handling, has always has been a trend for Ford cars this one is no exception It’s almost surprising to see how well this 2.3 tonne nearly 5 meter long SUV handles on these twisty narrow roads The steering is nice and light it weighs up quickly as you pick up pace and the car now comes with all four disc brakes so there’s plenty of braking bite and feedback from the pedal The suspension set up on the new Endeavour is a lot more firmer so the car feels more stable and sure footed in two corners but all this handling it comes at a price A price of rear seat comfort Things back there are not as plush as they are in the front seat This is by far one of the most silent diesel engine cabins I’ve been in and that’s because Ford has added another trick shot to the Endeavour something they call active noise cancellation. What looks to be inspired from premium headphones three sophisticated microphones here, here and here pick up all the noises of the engine and surroundings and then the system plays counter sound-waves using the 10 speakers inside the car to mimic the experience of noise cancelling headphones. Wow, what more? The infotainment system it has seven different levels of adaptive music settings so as the car picks up pace the volume can keep rising to compensate for whatever little noises that will creep inside the cabin Now such a technology has existed before cars and manufacturers before the Endeavour has been using it but those cars need you to rob a bank this doesn’t If this was any other car by now I would have run out of things to tell you but this is where the Endeavour excels For the next thing that I’m gonna tell you actually you know what I’m gonna let the car tell you that. I’m gonna sit back and enjoy a sandwich Forward Backward. Thank you, car. While the Endeavour has a lot of car for the money it misses out on key features like key-less entry or a start-stop button. I wish I could customize them in like I can with this and in an age when new cars are losing weight faster than your girlfriend the new Endeavour is about 350 kilos heavier that the old one that’s an equivalent of five adults. At seven to a liter, it’s a big fuel guzzler and that’s not something you can change or can you? I know of a car that has all of the goodness
of the Endeavour 3.2 and yet is not a guzzler It’s this the Endeavour 2.2 Like the 3.2, this one gets all the gadgetry you get an active noise cancelation an optional terrain management system and even a manual transmission. The four cylinder engine in here feels more refined and returns nine to a liter. Yes, you do miss out on the panoramic sunroof the park assist and the driver side knee air bag But then this one is 3 lakh rupees cheaper No matter which variant you buy the Endeavour is gonna put a smile on your face as big as the car itself .