Ford Endeavour Off-Road Prowess Tested — Endeavouring Into The Wild

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Ford Endeavour Off-Road Prowess Tested — Endeavouring Into The Wild

The Ford Endeavour is an SUV that can usually be seen blowing past many of the potholed roads that dot the cities across India. The Endeavour isn't your everyday city runabout that can also cruise on the highways; the massive SUV is also a beast off-road.Powering the Ford Endeavour is a 3.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that kicks out 197bhp and 470Nm of torque. The 6-speed automatic gearbox sends power and torque to all four wheels with the help of Ford's intelligent four-wheel drive system. The Torque-On-Demand system shifts torque between the front and rear wheels with the most grip to provide maximum traction and will even send all the torque to a single wheel if it detects the other three wheels have no traction at all.The first challenge in the form of slush pit lay ahead of the Endeavour and the TMS dial was turned to the Snow/Mud/Grass Mode (perfect for snowed out roads, bogs and mush pits) to tackle the slippery conditions. This mode lowers the sensitivity of the throttle and forces the gearbox to upshift faster and downshift slower allowing for more predictable throttle response and allows the engine to show off its low-end torque. 

Up next lay one of the toughest challenges yet, rugged hills that required the Endeavour to turn to its most hardcore setting - Rock Mode. To engage Rock Mode, the Endeavour needs to be in neutral, and the SUV's low-range gearbox comes into play. With Rock Mode engaged and the Hill Launch Assist holding the massive SUV in place on the slope for a few seconds, a gentle prod to the loud pedal, saw the Ford Endeavour clambering its way up the rocky outcrop as if it was taking a walk in the park.The Ford Endeavour then encountered its biggest challenge, a 70-degree downhill slope. Sliding down the slippery slope was a surreal experience with the rear wheels lifting off the ground for a minuscule moment as the Endeavour traversed down the steep slide.