The Ford Endeavour Auto is available only with the 3.0-litre engine from their Duratorq lineup. This four-cylinder 16-valve engine displaces 2953cc and produces about 155bhp at 3200rpm and a whopping 380Nm of torque at 2500rpm. This engine has a variable geometric turbo, which kicks in at 1800rpm, to boost power. The engine is fairly quiet and refined at idle and even whilst cruising. Put pedal to metal and the torque at low revs will please you with the way the Endeavour surges forward. Our initial test figures tell us that the Endeavour does 0-100kph in 20.7 seconds, which may appear slow. However, this wasn't a full road test and we're sure that the car can better that time. We'll update you when we get it for a full-road test.
The Endeavour’s common-rail 2499cc four-cylinder turbodiesel mill makes 142bhp@3500rpm and 330Nm@1800rpm. This isn’t much less than the 2.0-litre’s output. This engine is extremely low on noise and vibration – only when revved hard does it get vocal, and even then vibrations are well damped. The drivability of this engine pleasantly surprised us – it hums along at a mere 1500rpm in top gear when the speedometer indicates 80kph, and 2000rpm at an indicated 100kph. Floor the loud pedal, and it begins to haul the car from 1500rpm onwards, with a strong surge from 1900rpm up. The torque begins to tail off after 3000rpm, but the engine will soldier on to at least 4700rpm. The dash to 100kph was covered in 14.0 seconds and the quarter mile covered in 19.4 seconds.
The five-speed automatic transmission is the Ford India's first automatic . It offers the driver five forward gears with 2H, 4H and 4L modes. This gearbox disconnects the engine once you get off the throttle, so your vehicle coasts in what is effectively neutral, saving fuel. Drive is engaged once you depress the throttle. This is characteristic of the family of gearboxes that this auto comes from – it is similar to the gearbox used on the Explorer and, among other models, the Mustang. Gearshifts feel slow, but the car manages quite well with the amount of torque available. The vehicle did a 30-50kph run in 3.7 seconds and 50-70kph in 4.5 seconds.
The gear lever has a button to shut out overdrive for quick overtaking manoeuvers, and the lever can also be placed in the slots which limit the car to the bottom one, two or three gears. The lever has a smooth yet positive action when moved through the gate.
The long-throw gear leverof the 2.5-litre manual slots neatly into all five forward speeds positively, but cannot be hurried. The ratios feel quite tall, but the enormous torque from the engine makes sure there aren’t any hiccups at any point. The tall gearing means the 30-50kph slog in third gear took 4.3 seconds, and a slow 8.5 seconds in fourth gear. This also meant that the 50-70kph run in fifth gear took 10.2 seconds. Power goes only to the rear wheels, but the limited-slip differential keeps things in check during enthusiastic cornering.
Our test of the 3.0-litre wasn’t done on our usual cycle and test route, but the figures we got indicate that this is an efficient vehicle for a just-over two-ton behemoth with a large engine and automatic gearbox. Owners can expect about 9-10kpl. We’ll update this figure as soon as we can put it through our standard test procedure.
An overall figure of 9kpl wasn’t too bad for the 2.5-litre manual, considering the amount of hooliganism the Endeavour was subject to. It dipped to 6.9kpl during testing, our most rigorous cycle.