in place was the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission. In
this review report I shall be primarily writing about the new Ford Endeavour
powertrain that we got to test on the shifting sands of Sam Sand Dunes in
Jaisalmer in the north Indian state of Rajasthan.
the 10 new Ford Endeavour SUVs that went on a long dune bashing exercise, a few
of them got beached on the sand. So did that mean that the mammoth machines had
some short coming in their 4x4 prowess? The lesson I learnt from other people’s
mistakes was that you can beach the best of vehicles if you have the word
‘CLUMSY’ written all over your face.
It was all about understanding the vehicle and
applying the right moves. So let me start telling you the story of the new Ford
Endeavour and its new powertrain.
new 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine is Bharat Stage VI compliant and is more
fuel-efficient than the outgoing 2.2L TDCi engine and has reduced emissions.
The EcoBlue engine delivers approximately 168hp of peak power and 420 Nm peak
torque. The EcoBlue engine with 4X2 driveline will return 13.90 kmpl while 4X4
variant delivers 12.4 Kmpl, a 14% improvement in fuel efficiency.
a simplified variant lineup, the 2020 Ford Endeavour is available in
three-trims – 2.0L Titanium 4X2 AT, 2.0L Titanium+ 4X2 Automatic and 2.0L
Titanium+ 4X4 Automatic. We were driving the 4x4 variant.
India has introduced the 2020 Endeavour at an introductory price starting at Rs
29.55 lakh. The introductory prices of 2020 Endeavour will only be valid till
April 30, 2020, post which the ex-showroom prices will see an upward revision
of Rs 70,000. All customers who book their cars until April 30 will benefit
from this offer.
Titanium 4X2 AT
INR 29.55 Lakh
Titanium+ 4X2 AT
INR 31.55 Lakh
Titanium+ 4X4 AT
INR 33.25 Lakh
EcoBlue engine also offers a 20 per cent improvement in low-end torque from the
outgoing 2.2L TDCi engine. This new Ford
EcoBlue engine is also more refined and quieter with a 4-decibel reduction in
Ford EcoBlue engine’s all-new design features multiple innovations that reduce
friction, contributing to an improvement in fuel efficiency. The new engine uses
Diesel Exhaust Fluid commonly referred to as AdBlue. Automatically injected
into the vehicle’s exhaust system, this fluid will help reduce nitrogen oxide
to the 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift, this was a piece of
beauty. I found it very responsive and the best part was that its architecture
reduces the gaps in available power and acceleration between gears providing
smoother acceleration response. Let me explain that more lucidly for you. On a
smooth tarmac, when you moderately accelerate, you can see the transmission
skip gears and move from 1 to 3 or from 3 to 5 gears. This is a smart way to
get to a higher gear by staying at peak rpm range. It thus helps in the driving
when you are driving at a certain speed and when you brake, the transmission
again skips gears and moves for example from 3 to 1. At cruising speed, when
your vehicle is moving at a high gear, for example in the tenth gear and you
apply heavy acceleration in order to overtake a vehicle in front, the
transmission may step down multiple times from 10 to 6 or 8 to 3 and this helps
the vehicle to accelerate faster.
Fun & Sand, experiencing the Endeavour in its 4x4 mode
we entered the sandy terrain, we had to deflate the tyres to around 17 to 20
psi levels in order to get more traction on sand. The next step was to rotate
the knob for Terrain Management System (TMS) on the floor console to the sand
mode. There are four preset modes here: Normal, Snow/Mud/Grass, Sand and Rock. When we shifted into sand mode for our drive,
the vehicle was a different monster all together. The engine response gets
better in the sand mode as compared to for example the Snow mode. You can check
this out when you are driving on a normal road and you shift the TMS from
Normal to Snow. The vehicle gets very sluggish. This is to ensure that too much
wheel spin is avoided on this sort of terrain.
couple of points to be noted while dune bashing is that you are not supposed to
let go of the accelerator as you climb up a dune. Also, since this new
transmission allows Progressive Range Select or SelectShift, you can set the
range too. We selected 3 range and this meant the gear will always be in the
range of 1 to 3, not more. That controls too much of speed and in turn avoids
wheel spins. We realised that this innovative feature that gives drivers the
ability to lock gears in the desired range, delivers an engaging and more
controlled drive experience – especially in challenging driving situations such
as slippery roads or steep off-roading conditions, or even on sand.
what happens when you take your foot off the accelerator for a wee second on
your way up on a dune and the vehicle gets stalled? There was no need to panic
and accelerate like a man possessed by a devil. That would only allow the
vehicle to get beached as the wheels would begin spinning wildly resulting in
digging into the sand more deeply. I saw a few people do that, much to their
one has to do is to engage the 4x4L or Low mode, select the range select to 3,
and engage the Reverse mode and tap the accelerator. I did that to experience
such a situation and I pulled myself out of the sand and the vehicle slid back.
Once I was at the bottom of the dune, I disengaged the 4x4L and accelerated all
the way up and descended to the track below.
dune after dune, the story continued and not once did I beach the vehicle. It
was a challenging course, but the few hours we spent dune bashing, we realised
that the new Ford Endeavour 4x4 was a monster with some very great off roading
suspension of the new Ford Endeavour too seems to have been tweaked as I found
the vehicle containing its body roll on the rough, while providing ample
comfort on the roads.
Other exciting features of the 2020 Ford Endeavour
let me run through some of the other features of the new 2020 Ford Endeavour. The
2020 Endeavour comes with Ford’s mobility and connectivity solution FordPass at
no additional cost.
Endeavour owners will be able to perform several vehicle operations -- like
starting, stopping, locking or unlocking the vehicle, know remaining fuel
levels & distance to empty & locating their vehicle– remotely, via the
variants of 2020 Ford Endeavour will come with a factory-fitted,
cloud-connected device that will communicate with vehicle owners in real-time
via the FordPass smartphone application.
2020 Endeavour features all-LED headlamps, encased in an all-new contemporary
square design lamp cluster. The LED lamps for both low and high-beam provide up
to 20% greater lighting penetration for enhanced night-time visibility.
new Ford Endeavour continues to be a safe vehicle and it comes with up to seven
airbags, including a driver knee airbag, for all-around safety. It retains its water-wading
capacity of 800 mm along with more than adequate ground clearance.
also continues to have a voice-enabled, in-car connectivity technology SYNC 3
with 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay, Google Auto compatibility. Not to be
missed are the panoramic sun-roof, covering up to 50% of the roof.
for its flexible seating, it includes fold-flat second- and first-in-class
power-fold third-row that can hold up to 2,010 litres of cargo. Besides, it
comes with semi-auto parallel park assist, push start button, hand-free power
lift rear gate, rear and front parking sensors, rear parking camera, automatic
headlamps, automatic wipers, DRLs, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way
power-adjustable driver & front passenger seat.
also features hill launch assist and hill descent control for better control
going up or down a hill. While the new engine and transmission proved that the
new 2020 Ford Endeavour is a very capable off roading machine, it also comes with
several creature comforts that typically remain the icing on the Ford cake.