The Ford Endeavour Vs Toyota Fortuner has always been a hot topic. Without wasting anymore time, lets start with the business end – the engines and transmissions.
On the diesel front, Fortuner offers a 2755 cc 4 Cylinder turbocharged motor. While the power output of this engine is 177 ps @ 3400 rpm, the torque differs from manual to automatic. In the manual transmission, it produces 420 Nm @ 1600 – 2400 rpm, and with the automatic, it makes 450 Nm @ 1600 – 2400 rpm. This engine can be had both in 6 Speed manual or 6 Speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Talking about the petrol, there’s a 2694 cc 4 Cylinder unit, producing 166 ps of power @ 5200 rpm and 245 Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm. There’s a 5 Speed manual for the base petrol, and the next level gets a 6 Speed automatic with paddle shifters. While the diesel can be had both in 2WD and 4WD, the petrol is limited only to 2WD.
The Endeavour on the other hand starts with a 2.2 litre 4 Cylinder turbo diesel producing 160 ps of power @ 3200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque @ 1600 – 2500 rpm. This engine can be had both in 6 Speed automatic and 6 Speed manual. The other engine on offer is a 3.2 litre 4 Cylinder turbo diesel, producing 200 ps of power @ 3000 rpm and 470 Nm of torque @ 1750 – 2500 rpm. This larger engine can be had only with a 6 Speed auto.
Yes, there’s is no petrol Endeavour on offer at this moment. The 4WD for the smaller engine comes only with a 6 Speed manual, and is standard for the larger 3.2 unit. So you cannot mix and match here like the Fortuner, you cannot have a 3.2 4WD Endeavour with a manual or a 2.2 4WD Endeavour with an automatic.
Now let’s take a look at the dimensions, starting with the Fortuner.
The beast from Toyota measures 4795 mm in length, 1855 mm in width and 1835 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2745 mm, and ground clearance is at 193 mm.
The American contender on the other side measures 4892 mm in length, 1860 mm in width and 1837 mm in height. Wheelbase is at 2850 mm, and the ground clearance is at 225 mm.
Let’s move on to the specs sheet starting with the new Fortuner.
Exterior wise, it gets Bi-Beam LED Projector Headlamps with dusk sensing and auto leveling, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, keyless entry, and fully automatic power tailgate with height adjust memory and jam protection. On the inside, there’s a Dark Brown Leather seats, 8-way driver power seat, start/stop button, paddle shifters (For Automatic), ECO/PWR driving modes, cruise control (except 2WD MT), TFT MID with navigation turn display, dual zone climate control, 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with bluetooth telephony and navigation, 8 Speakers, all auto up/down power windows with jam protection, reversing camera, LED cabin lighting and cooled upper glove box.
On the safety front, it gets 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Control with Brake Assist (except 2WD MT), Impact Absorbing Structure with Pedestrian Protection Support, Airbag Manual Cut-off Switch and parking sensors.
Off-Road features include High (H4) and Low (L4) Range selection with electronic 2WD/4WD Control, Downhill Assist Control, Hill Assist Control (except 2WD MT) and Active Traction Control. The Fortuner has an approach and departure angle of 0.51 rad and 0.44 rad respectively.
The Endeavour packs a great amount of kit as well. On the exterior, it gets projector automatic headlamps with LED DRLs and auto leveling, LED tail lamps, keyless entry and power tailgate with anti-pinch. On the inside, there are leather bucket seats, MID, 8-way driver power seat, ambient lighting, all auto up/down power windows with anti-pinch, dual zone climate control, Cruise Control, auto dimming IRVM, tyre pressure monitoring system, power folding 3rd row seat, heated side mirrors, rain sensing wipers, electric panoramic sunroof, Sync 2 touchscreen infotainment system with bluetooth telephony and navigation, voice control, 10 speakers, reversing camera and semi auto parallel park assist.
On the safety front, there are 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control and parking sensors.
The Endeavour offers Terrain Management System with four modes as its main off-road feature. There is Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control and Traction Control as well. Wading depth is at 800 mm.
Perhaps the one big feature that’ll be missed on the new Fortuner is the panoramic sunroof. Nonetheless, both pack a great amount of features, and are great SUVs in their own right.
While the Ford Endeavour starts at Rs 23.78 lakh, the Toyota Fortuner starts at Rs 25.92 lakh. All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.