Ford will be launching the Endeavor Sport variant in India on September 22 that comes with a cosmetic makeover over the standard SUV with a new grille and stealthy gloss black accents. Interiors and equipment on offer are expected to remain unchanged.
A few days ago, we reported to you with spy images of the Ford Endeavor Sport variant as it was caught testing in India and also at a dealership stock yard. Now, Ford has officially teased the Endeavor Sport for India, also announcing that it will be launched on September 22. The Ford Endeavor Sport variant essentially gets a cosmetic makeover over the standard SUV and it is in fact already on sale in markets like Australia.
Ford is bringing this special variant of the Endeavor to India as an answer to the recently launched Toyota Fortuner TRD that gets a similar treatment. As the name already suggests, the Endeavor Sport gets some distinguishing ‘sporty’ touches. All the chrome and silver trims on the exterior of the SUV are finished in a stealthier gloss black shade. That includes the front and rear skid plates, grille surround, ORVM, fender vents and side-step. The alloy wheels too come finished in black and even sport a new design.
The Endeavor Sport variant gets an all-black grille with a new honey-comb design in place of the chrome-slatted design on the standard SUV. The lower bumper has also been blacked out, as have been the insides of the headlamps. There are also few ‘Sport’ badges on the exterior of the car – one of the tail gate and then two more as decals over the rear door. Ford could offer the Endeavor Sport variant in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The earlier spotted test mules were RWD variant as the 4WD badges were missing from the tail gate.
The interiors of the Endeavor Sport carries forward the same design as the standard SUV, although there could be a few more of those ‘Sport’ badges thrown in here and there. Interestingly, Ford has not gone for an all-black theme for the interiors of the Sport variant but it carries on with the dual tone black and beige theme. The features list will be identical to the standard SUV as well. Some of the highlight features include Ford’s Sync-3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, powered front seats, and off-road modes.
Under the hood, the Endeavor Sport could continue with the 2.0L turbo-diesel engine from the standard SUV that produces 168hp and 420Nm of torque. The engine will come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. When launched, the Ford Endeavor Sport could be priced similarly or slightly above the top-spec Titanium+ 4×4 AT variant (Rs 34.45 lakh). While its meant to be a direct rival to the Toyota Fortuner TRD, we will admit that the updates are not as comprehensive as on the latter. Meanwhile Ford has also started working on the next-gen of the Endeavor SUV.