The 2017 Toyota Fortuner has been launched in India with a price tag ranging in between Rs. 25.92 – 31.12 lakhs ex-showroom, Delhi. The macho SUV takes on the mighty Ford Endeavour which was launched earlier this year and has been selling strongly. The fight between these two SUVs has been eternal and there has always been the question of which one is better. To make your decision easier, we compare these two mammoth SUVs on paper in a detailed specs comparo.
Both SUVs here have massive road presence and there are no two ways about this. Both look sophisticated and urban in their latest generations but it is the Fortuner that appeals more. The slim new headlights, new front fascia and generous use of chrome makes the Toyota Fortuner the better looking car here. Dont get us wrong, the Ford Endeavour has loads of appeal too, but this SUV will attract a different set of customers who are looking for that raw SUV look.
The upright front chrome grille, muscular wheel arches and the sheer height of the car are enough to make you feel conquered. The 2017 Toyota Fortuner gets features like Dual beam projector headlights with LED DRLs, fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights. The Ford Endeavour also offers 18-inch alloy wheels, HID projector headlights, LED taillights and chrome ORVMs.
The new 2017 Toyota Fortuner gets a new dashboard layout which is quite similar to the current Innova Crysta. So it gets features like a multifunction steering wheel, centrally mounted touchscreen infotainment system and a informative MID in the instrument cluster. Apart from this, there is leather upholstery on the dashboard and seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, powered tailgate with Memory function and ambient lighting in the cabin. One big omission though on the new Fortuner is the lack of a sunroof; which the Endeavour offers.
The Ford Endeavour gets many features similar to the Fortuner and more. There is double stitched leather on top of the dashboard, a digital-analog instrument cluster, a bigger 8-inch infotainment system as standard, AC vents in all 3 rows, a powered tailgate and leather upholstery, in addition to the massive sunroof.
Engine & Gearbox:
The 2017 Toyota Fortuner gets an all new 2.8-litre diesel engine that develops 177 PS and 450 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission and also gets the option of a 4-wheel drive system. The new Fortuner also comes with a 2.7-litre petrol motor that develops 166 PS and 245 Nm, and was first seen under the hood of the Innova Crysta. The motor is mated to a either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission, but sadly only in 2-wheel drive guise. The 4-wheel drive system on this current generation car is not a full time system and consists of a simple dial to shift from 2WD to 4WD and 4WD Low.
The Ford Endeavour too is available with 2 engine options, both diesels. There is a entry level 2.2-litre 4-cylinder motor that churns out 160 PS of max power and comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The other motor here is a 3.2-litre 5-cylinder unit that develops a class leading 200 PS of max output and is only mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Both engines can be opted with the 4-wheel drive system which consists of various preset off-road modes.
2017 Toyota Fortuner
2.7 Petrol (2WD) MT: Rs. 25.92 lakhs
2.7 Petrol (2WD) AT: Rs. 27.61 lakhs
2.8 Diesel (2WD) MT: Rs. 27.52 lakhs
2.8 Diesel (2WD) AT: Rs. 29.14 lakhs
2.8 Diesel (4WD) MT: Rs. 30.05 lakhs
2.8 Diesel (4WD) AT: Rs. 31.12 lakhs
2.2 Diesel Trend 4×4 MT: Rs. 23.78 lakhs
2.2 Diesel Trend 4×2 AT: Rs. 23.78 lakhs
2.2 Diesel Titanium 4×2 AT: Rs. 27.51 lakhs
3.2 Diesel Trend 4×4 AT: Rs. 25.93 lakhs
3.2 Diesel Titanium 4×4 AT: Rs. 29.77 lakhs
The Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour have long been rivals not only in India but also in international markets. Given the pricing of the new Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour seems like an utter bargain. But remember, the Toyota Fortuner has a strong fan following and well, the Toyota reliability is hard to beat. The Ford Endeavour beats the Toyota Fortuner on paper but out in the real world things are definitely in favour of the new Fortuner, due to the above mentioned all important factors. We would be driving the two back to back very soon, so stay tuned to Motor World India for more updates.
Also Read: Ford Endeavour 2.2L 4×2 AT Road Test Review