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2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor news, pictures, and information
Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV Gains New Refinements for 2010Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) continues to enhance the value of its Endeavor mid-size crossover SÚV model, by adding features like the hands-free Bluetooth® system wîth voice recognition on all models. Additional refinements for 2010 add new style and a premium character to Endeavor while preserving its excellent customer value.
Endeavor is available as the high-value LS and the luxuriously equipped SE that challenges near-luxury brand models, but at a better value. All models are powered by a 225-hp 3.8-liter SOHC V-6 engine that requires regular-grade fuel. (concept carz) In addition to two rich new exterior colors, the 2010 Endeavor features a restyled front grille and rear tailgate along wîth all-new 18' alloy wheels on the SE models.
Endeavor's standout design was inspired by the Mitsubishi Motorsports SÚVs that have conquered the world's toughest rallies, including winning the 5,569-mile Dakar Rally for the seventh straight time in 2007. Such racing experience has helped Mitsubishi infuse Endeavor wîth the everyday durability and reliability that leads to high owner satisfaction.
Convincing Choice for Safety
Endeavor delivers the level of safety that family buyers especially demand, achieving 5-star ratings for frontal (driver) and side impact (front and rear seat) crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded Endeavor its highest ranking - 'Good' overall - in its frontal offset crash test.
All Endeavor models come equipped wîth a full array of advanced safety features, including: advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) wîth occupant sensors, standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and rollover-sensing side curtain air bags. Standard driving safety technology includes Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), an anti-lock braking system (ABS) wîth electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Endeavor's available all-wheel drive system divides power evenly front-to-rear, adjusting the distribution in response to wheel spin.
Luxury wîth ValueThe Endeavor blends high-torque V-6 performance wîth roomy, mid-size versatility. Únibody construction and 4-wheel independent suspension ensure a comfortable, quiet ride and confident handling. Externally, Endeavor conveys a premium appearance wîth color-keyed bumpers and chrome grille trim, wîth the LS model now adding color-keyed door handles and side mirrors for 2010.
A long list of standard equipment makes the LS model a strong value. The SE builds on the generous LS feature content and is offered wîth a Navigation & Sunroof Package for the AWD model. Endeavor SE comes wîth standard leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and side mirrors and a power driver's seat.
One of Endeavor SE's most appealing features is the standard 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design™ premium audio system featuring §teering wheel audio controls, plus SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio wîth a three-month pre-paid service subscription. In contrast, even the high-end versions of some competitive SÚVs make premium audio an extra-cost option.
For added convenience, SE models also come wîth a standard multi-information display that integrates readouts for a compass, outside temperature, a trip computer and maintenance recorder. This feature also provides an interface that allows the owner to customize settings for many of the vehicle's interior functions.
Spacious, Agile and Quiet
Combining spaciousness wîth agility helps make Endeavor a standout choice in its §egmènt. Endeavor is built on a 108.3-inch wheelbase, which contributes to a spacious rear seat area, featuring a generous 38.5 inches of legroom. Large doors and ideal ride height facilitate easy entry and exit. At the same time, the driver and passengers benefit from an elevated command seating position, and front seats are among the widest in the §egmènt.
Endeavor was designed to handle families or outdoor enthusiasts wîth equal ease. The rear tailgate swings upward to reveal a versatile cargo area that can accommodate a four-foot-wide sheet of plywood or very large packages. With the 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded, Endeavor offers 76.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity, wîth 40.7 cu. ft. available when the seatbacks are up.
The roomy front center console provides additional storage, and all Endeavor models come equipped wîth 12v power outlets. Standard tubular roof rails are included on all Endeavor models, and crossbars are available as an accessory.
Endeavor's low-mounted, multi-link rear suspension reduces protrusion into the rear cargo area. Hydroformed crossmembers help minimize road noise and improve suspension performance by reinforcing the rear suspension mounting points to reduce flex. The standard 17-inch, seven-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels wîth 235/65 R17 all-season tires deliver a solid combination of responsive handling and a smooth, quiet ride.
Power and Traction for All Conditions
The Endeavor's 3.8-liter, SOHC V-6 engine generates 225 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,750 rpm. With abundant torque available at lower engine speeds, Endeavor yields responsive yet relaxed performance, along wîth quiet powertrain operation. The standard 4-speed automatic transmission features a Sportronic® mode that allows the driver to control gear shifting manually for a more engaging driving experience.
Endeavor is available in front-wheel-drive or full-time all-wheel-drive configurations for excellent wet-weather handling and light-duty off-pavement capability. The standard traction control system (TCL) on all Endeavor models provides a 'virtual' limited-slip differential effect by helping to prevent wheel spin during start up and acceleration in slippery conditions.
In the all-wheel drive Endeavor models, a transfer case combines a center differential wîth a viscous coupling to provide a 50:50 torque split between the front and rear wheels. This full-time automatic AWD system provides optimal grip on all road surfaces, and in all weather. Wheel slippage at either set of wheels causes the viscous coupling to transfer more power to the opposite set.
The advanced ASTC system in all Endeavor models helps to keep the vehicle traveling in the driver's intended direction by helping to prevent side slipping (spin and side drift) as a result of sudden §teering wheel operation or on slippery roads.
The ASTC system takes data input from a number of sensors, including §teering angle, individual wheel speed and yaw, as well as from the powertrain electronic control unit (ECÚ). If the onboard sensors detect side-slip, ASTC helps the driver maintain direction through braking and throttle corrections.
The Endeavor LS is one of the most comprehensively equipped models in the §egmènt, featuring as standard: air conditioning wîth rear heater ducts; aluminum alloy wheels; fog lamps; cruise control wîth §teering wheel switches; power windows wîth driver's auto-down; power mirrors and door locks; 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system wîth MP3 capability and six speakers; keyless entry wîth integrated remote key, and a rear seat center armrest. Details such as the standard tubular roof rails, a color-keyed stone guard, front mudguards, auto-off headlights, front floormats and multiple folding assist grips are reminders of the inherently strong value in Endeavor LS.
In addition to all SE equipment described on page 2, the SE AWD's Navigation & Sunroof Package upgrade combines a power glass sunroof, a retracting cargo cover, a rear view back-up camera, and a DVD-based navigation system featuring a seven-inch LCD touch screen. The navigation system features male or female voice guidance and a choice among English, Spanish or French languages. This versatile system also replaces the functions of the standard trip computer.
All 2010 Endeavor models are equipped wîth a standard towing prep package featuring an automatic transmission cooler, power §teering fluid cooler, increased-capacity radiator (AWD models only), a full-size spare tire and a trailer hitch wiring harness. The front-wheel drive Endeavor SE can tow a trailer up to 2000 lbs., and all-wheel drive raises that to 3,500 lbs.
All Endeavor models are built in the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill., one of the 's most flexible assembly plants. This facility produces four different models: Endeavor, Eclipse coupe and Spyder, and the Galant mid-size sedan. (concept carz)
|Engine : 3.8 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 225 hp
Torque: 255 ft-lbs
4-speed Automatic, 5-speed Manual
All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year /100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along wîth 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.
The design style behind the Endeavor can be searched back to the Mitsubishi SSU which was introduced at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. The Endeavor didn't share the SSU's mechanical underpinnings though. The prototype had been powered by a 305 hp version of the 6A13TT 2.5 liter twin-turbo V6 which sent the power to a full-time all wheel drive system through its INVECS-II five-speed semi-automatic transmission and AYC. The Endeavor was introduced with a 6G75 3.8 liter V6 offered 215 hp and 250 lb/ft joined to a four-speed semi-automatic transmission with an available all-wheel drive system that splits the torque 50/50 by default.
The Endeavor was introduced in 2004 and shortly after its debut the Endeavor was updated as a 2004.5 model. Halfway through the year, the vehicle received dual-stage front airbags, daytime running lamps, a tire pressure monitoring system and 10 more hp. LS two-wheel-drive models received an available anti-lock braking system. The Endeavor XLS was upgraded to receive standard front-seat side airbags and a leather steering wheel. The AWD Limited received new options that included a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and stability control.
The Endeavor featured smart snazzy style with plenty of room for five passengers and their luggage. For the 2005 model year, the Endeavor received side airbags as a standard feature, and antilock brakes as an option on base models until 2006.
For 2006 the Endeavor received a slight restyle. The seating position was elevated much like other crossovers and featured hauling ability of a traditional SUV with a smooth, carlike ride and better fuel economy. The Endeavor did lack the serious off-road and heavy-duty towing abilities of a truck-based SUV. In 2006 the XLS was dropped and the following year the Limited trim was replaced by as SE trim. For the 2007 model new available features included a navigation system and a Rockford Fosgate stereo, and the rear DVD entertainment option was deleted. Also this year, side curtain airbags were added as a standard feature, and traction control became a standard all the way across the lineup for 2008.
The two trim levels offered in the Endeavor lineup were the LS and the SE, and both trims were powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produced 225 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. A standard option was a four-speed automatic transmission with a fancy manual shift mode. The vehicle was available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models came with standard stability control which supplements the traction control, an option that is standard on all Endeavors. On front-wheel-drive models, stability control was not available. The Endeavor does come equipped with standard rollover-sensing side curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Endeavor did win points for crashworthiness in both government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing.
The LS featured air-conditioning, a CD player, and full power accessories. Additional features that could be purchased as extras included leather, a navigation system, heated seats or a sunroof, high-end audio with satellite radio were available on the SE trim in a variety of available option packages. Unavailable options included keyless start, a rear entertainment system, a back-up camera, a panoramic sunroof.
The Endeavor earned a surprise award in an Edmunds comparison test when it first debuted. It won with a variety of good looks, smart handling and excellent off-road performance and torque-filled engine performance. The only complaints were minor styling elements and the choice of materials in the cabin.
Further updates and improvements were made by Mitsubishi over the years. The Endeavor didn't receive a third-row seat, a feature that really has become a ‘must-have' for this type of vehicle and it came with a disappointing 76.4 cubic feet. . It is also considered to be a bit ‘outclassed' in the area of engine power, transmission gearing and feature availability.
Unfortunately the Mitsubishi Endeavor failed to meet the high expectations set forward by Mitsubishi, despite favorable reviews on its release, only 32,054 units were sold by the end of its debut year, instead of the hoped for 80,000 units. Sales have continued to fall every year since. The Endeavor continues to receive good reviews for its strong engine, responsible handling and distinctive design.By Jessica Donaldson
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