Ford India is all set to launch the new Endeavour sports utility vehicle (SUV). Currently, the SUV is sold in select markets as the Everest from Ford. To sell the SUV in international markets, the Endeavour has to pass crash tests. At the recently concluded Australian NCAP (ANCAP) safety rating test, the Endeavour scored an outstanding 5-star rating.
The Endeavour has secured 35.38 safety points out of 37 points. Ford Endeavour was subjected to frontal and offset crashes at a speed of 64km/h and has achieved a 5-Star ANCAP rating.
Ford's SUV is based on a ladder frame, which scored 15.98 out of 16 points in frontal/offset crash test. In the side impact crash test, Ford Endeavour secured 16 out of 16 points. ANCAP, however, regarded Endeavour's pedestrian safety as acceptable.
Ford Endeavour is equipped with several safety features as standard equipment. This includes front airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, seat belt reminder, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Powering the new Ford Endeavour is two diesel engines: 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre. The engines are mated to optional manual and automatic transmissions. These engines will provide power to an optional rear-wheel drive or a 4x4 option.
In India, Ford could offer the Endeavour with a standard diesel engine, mated to an automatic gearbox. The SUV will be introduced in India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and is expected to bear a price tag between Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh ex-showroom.
Ford Endeavour in India will have to compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ssangyong Rexton, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, and Chevrolet Trailblazer. Pricing will be key and Ford India has done an excellent job with its recently launched products.
Video: India Bound Ford Endeavour Crash Tested!