The Ford Endeavour, in its last generation was considered as one of the most capable 4×4 machine in India. The same offered plenty of creature comforts suited for an urban SUV along with the mechanical skills which promised to take on the best of what the nature threw at it. So when Ford said that they are going to make a new Endeavour, we were quite excited about the prospect. After the launch and on paper, the 2016 Ford Endeavour seemed to be a whole lot better than the previous generation model, in every way. But then ‘on paper’ is just not enough. Thankfully, Ford too believes in the same ideology and hence, just a couple of days back we found ourselves deep in the countryside with the keys of the All-New 2016 Ford Endeavour in our hands.
The event was organized by Ford India for media persons to have to go in the Endeavour around a specially made course which was laid with steep inclines, undulated terrains, slush along with deep water gorges. All of this ensured that capabilities of the Ford Endeavour were thoroughly tested in an environment which it boasts to conquer easily. The drive to the course navigated us through a narrow dirt track with huge overgrowth on either side. The anticipation was quite high as to what lay ahead. Despite being driven on loose gravel and a mud track, acknowledging the fact that we were sitting in a mammoth off an SUV, the ride was surprisingly cushioned. Even the bigger bumps were absorbed quite adequately, with only a minor thump of larger ones sneaking their way into the cabin.
At the beginning of the course, we were reminded by our instructor in company of four different driving modes that the Endeavour SUV comes with and that the course was laid out in such a way that we would be getting the opportunity to test each single one of them. Quite delighted we were and so we began. At first we encountered a steep decent. This demanded the Endeavour to be put into the Rock mode. What does that do? Well it locks the SUV in first gear and provides maximum power and torque that the 3.2-litre diesel engine had to offer to all the four wheels. So Rock mode engaged; we went ahead, or rather down. Despite the decent being almost vertical, the Endeavour sailed through it with utter ease with automatic steering inputs taking care of the situation when required.
Just like every action has an equal and opposite reaction, a steep descent has an equally challenging ascent as well, in this case an almost a 45 degree one. But with the Endeavour conquering its way down quite easily, we were confident that it will navigate its way up the hill with equal ease. And much to our delight it did indeed. After conquering Newton’s third law, we were back cruising in normal mode across a dirt track which led us to our next obstacle, a deep water trench. Slush mode engaged we gunned the Endeavour through this aforementioned muddy pool and after a few slips and slides (all because of a human at the wheel), we were thus out in a jiffy. The massive 225 mm of ground clearance of the Endeavour helped us tread through this part of the course with ease, yet again.
As we moved ahead, the course greeted us with more such obstacles, one after the other, leaving us quite impressed by the way the Ford Endeavour took on them with ease. The biggest surprise of packed in by the Endeavour, apart from its robust terrain munching capabilities was the fact that it did all that while simultaneously cocooning its occupants in the best in class luxury. The ride was simply sublime, the air-conditioning worked perfectly and the seats offered adequate amount of support.
Summing it up, we would like to say that off-roading in itself is a fun affair to begin with. But doing that in an extremely capable vehicle, much like the Ford Endeavour, takes things to yet another level.