The Ford Endeavour, since launch in 2015, in its second-gen avatar for our market has captured everyone’s fancy. The political hob-nobs aside, even the educated public seem to have taken a liking for this four-wheeler. Needless to say, Ford wants to capitalise on this sentiment. The company has rolled out the 2020 Ford Endeavour BS6 now. As we have seen before, the prices are lower than the BS4 version. However, that’s not going to be the talk of the town. In this first look review, we are going to analyse what has changed and what hasn’t in this BS6 model of the Endeavour.
Design of the 2020 Ford Endeavour BS6
The Endy was always a butch vehicle and it stays that way. Visually, just like the other vehicles in Ford’s line-up, even the 2020 Ford Endeavour BS6 hasn’t changed. The Ford Endeavour has a big grille and a stilted stance. There are the 18-inch alloy wheels plus a 17-inch spare unit which sits under the tail. Ford offers bi-LED projector headlights (much better in illumination) on the Endeavour and there is also the sunroof on offer. The cabin too stays the same with the SYNC 3 infotainment system complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. An instrument cluster too with vibrant colours too is offered. The Endeavour is a genuine seven-seater with proper seating for all. The third row is power foldable, to aid entry of more luggage. Speaking of which, even the tailgate is powered.
Engine and transmission
This is the biggest change in the Ford Endeavour and no, we aren’t just talking of the BS6 compliance. Ford has got an all-new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and might we add, it is the only option available in the Endeavour. The 2020 Ford Endeavour BS6 engine now makes 170PS of power and 420Nm of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is paired with this motor. Again, the Endeavour can only be brought with this engine-transmission combination. However, buyers can opt between a 4×4 or 4×2 drivetrain. In this configuration, there is the Titanium 4×2 (Rs 29.55 lakh), Titanium+ 4×2 (Rs 31.55 lakh) and the Titanium+ 4×4 (Rs 33.25 lakh).
Ford says that the rationale behind this transmission is to have lockable ratio for better off-roading. Obviously, this logic applies only with the 4×4 version. Moreover, Ford says that the fuel efficiency has gone up by 14 per cent. Think of this, the 4×2 will return 13.90kmpl while the 4×4 will give 12.4kmpl. In real world, that will be around 10kmpl from either choice.
At the same time, the ground clearance stays put at 225mm. This is good given that the Endeavour is expected to go the off-beaten path.
Any new features I should know of
The 2020 Ford Endeavour BS6 comes with a three year or one lakh kilometre warranty. One can also extend it by an additional two years and 50,000km. Ford has also dialled in connectivity with the new Endeavour. The Ford Pass app is available both on Android as well as Apple platforms. One can remote start the vehicle, switch on AC and more through this app. Quite similar then to the other apps that connect vehicles like the MG Hector and more.
The diesel engine also needs AdBlue or urea to function – there is a separate 25-litre tank attached and an indicator on the instrument console. The latter will let the driver know when to top-up. Unless it isn’t topped up, the new Endeavour will not run properly.