Spec comparo: Ford Endeavour vs Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner

Team OD  /
20 Jan 2016 11:14:46 IST

Ford will be launching their all-new Endeavour in India in January, 2016, and while the outgoing model did bring in a good sales number for Ford initially, it was soon outdated because of the arrival of more modern rivals like the Toyota Fortuner and the Chevrolet Captiva. And now, Chevrolet has brought in the Trailblazer as well (read our road test review here). Ford, however, has packed the 2016 Endeavour with a host of new features and updated engines that just might do the trick.

Ford Endeavour newThe new Endeavour is packed with a host of features including Ford's MyKey function and seven airbags

The Ford Endeavour, like the Fortuner, is offered with two engine options - a 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre turbodiesel. The 2.2-litre engine might be the smallest of the lot, but with 160PS and 385Nm, it packs more punch than the older and larger 2.5-litre unit in the Fortuner. The Endeavour's 3.2-litre engine, however, is the largest here and makes as much power (200PS) as the 2.8-litre turbodiesel used in the Trailblazer. However, this Endeavour produces 30Nm less torque than the Chevy, which makes a good 500Nm.

Chevrolet Trailblazer (23)The Trailblazer is the only SUV here that is offered with just a two-wheel drive

Although the Trailblazer is offered with just a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the Endeavour and Fortuner get manual variants as well. Both the engines in the Ford can be optioned with a 6-speed automatic or manual, while the automatic and manual transmissions in the Fortuner are 5-speed 'boxes.

The Trailblazer is also the only SUV here that is offered with just a two-wheel drive. The Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner, however, can be specced for either 4x2 or 4x4 specifications. While the Trailblazer does have a 253mm ground clearance and hill descent control, it is far from being as capable off the road as the other two SUVs. The Fortuner is a proven off-roader, and we found the Endeavour to be quite capable too when we first drove it in Thailand. It gets hill assist, hill descent control and Ford's Terrain Management System with four modes - Sand, Snow, Mud and Rock. Along with the 225mm ground clearance, the Endeavour has a water wading capacity of 800mm.

The Ford Endeavour also gets quite a bit of tech and features that the other two miss out on. To make things more convenient, Ford has fitted it with semi-automatic parallel park assist, active noise cancellation, electronically folding third row seats and a powered tailgate. The Endeavour also gets Ford's MyKey feature and seven airbags, while the Fortuner and Trailblazer get just two (driver and passenger airbags).

2015 Toyota Fortuner 3.0l 4x4 automatic (5)The Toyota Fortuner comes with 5-speed automatic and manual gearboxes

At 4,892mm, the Ford Endeavour is the longest SUV of the lot with a longer wheelbase as well (2,850mm), but by very little, as the Trailblazer measures 4,878mm in length and has a wheelbase that spans 2,845mm. The Trailblazer, however, is the widest SUV here by quite a margin, while it is tallest by just 1mm over the Fortuner.

The Fortuner is at a bit of a disadvantage here, because it has been in the market for quite a while now. However, Toyota will launch a completely revamped Fortuner next year, and that should put them back on a level playing field.

Spec comparo: Ford Endeavour vs Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner


  
Ford Endeavour
DRIVETRAIN
Engine type 4-cyl turbodiesel
Engine capacity (cc) 2198/3198
Valvetrain 4-valves/cylinder
Transmission 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual
Max power 160PS@3,200rpm/ 200PS@3,000rpm
Max torque 385Nm@1,600-2,500rpm/ 470Nm@1,750-2500rpm
UNDERPINNINGS
Suspension (F) Independent with anti-roll bar
Suspension (R) Coil spring, watts linkage
Brakes (F/R) Disc/Disc
Tyres (F&R) 265/60 R18
GENERAL DATA
LxWxH (mm) 4,892x1,860x1,837
Wheelbase (mm) 2,850
Kerb Weight (kg) NA
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 80
Ground clearance (mm) 225
PERFORMANCE
0-100kmph NA
City/highway/overall NA
PRICE (ex-Mumbai) NA
  
Chevrolet Trailblazer
DRIVETRAIN
Engine type 4-cyl turbodiesel
Engine capacity (cc) 2776
Valvetrain 4-valves/cylinder
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Max power 200PS@3,600rpm
Max torque 500Nm@2,000rpm
UNDERPINNINGS
Suspension (F) Independent, double wishbone
Suspension (R) 5-Link coil spring
Brakes (F/R) Disc/Disc
Tyres (F&R) 265/60 R18
GENERAL DATA
LxWxH (mm) 4,878x2,132x1,851
Wheelbase (mm) 2,845
Kerb Weight (kg) 2068
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 76
Ground clearance (mm) 253
PERFORMANCE
0-100kmph 9.8s
City/highway/overall 8.3/12.1/9.25kmpl
PRICE (ex-Mumbai) Rs 27.4 lakh
  
Toyota Fortuner
DRIVETRAIN
Engine type 4-cyl turbodiesel
Engine capacity (cc) 2494/2982
Valvetrain 4-valves/cylinder
Transmission 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual
Max power 144PS@3,400rpm/ 171PS@3,600rpm
Max torque 343Nm@1,400-3400rpm (2.5L)/ 343Nm@1,600-2,800rpm (3.0L MT)/ 360Nm@1,400-3,200rpm (3.0L AT)
UNDERPINNINGS
Suspension (F) Double wishbone
Suspension (R) 5-Link with lateral rod
Brakes (F/R) Ventilated disc/Drum
Tyres (F&R) 265/65 R17
GENERAL DATA
LxWxH (mm) 4,705x1,840x1,850
Wheelbase (mm) 2,750
Kerb Weight (kg) 2000
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 80
Ground clearance (mm) 220
PERFORMANCE
0-100kmph 11.8s
City/highway/overall 10.5/15.3/11.7
PRICE (ex-Mumbai) Rs 27.72 lakh
  

Also see:

Chevrolet Trailblazer road test review

2015 Toyota Fortuner 3.0l 4x4 automatic review

India-bound 2015 Ford Endeavour first drive review

2016 Toyota Fortuner revealed in Australia

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