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Old 19th February 2008, 14:08   #1
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Default Ford Endeavour Thunder+ 3.0L TDCi launched

All, announced today new 3 litre Ford Endeavour Thunder+

The new Ford Endeavour Thunder+ is the most advanced and powerful SUV in its class. The new Ford Endeavour Thunder+ delivers unmatched power, best-in-class torque, cleaner tailpipe emissions and excellent fuel efficiency. The result is a comfortable, premium 4x4 SUV ready, willing and very able to overcome the challenges of India's demanding conditions.
Ford India has created a new performance benchmark with the Endeavour Thunder+.

The Endeavour Thunder+ is priced attractively at Rs. 1,817,111 [Ex-showroom, Mumbai].

The new 16-valve DOHC 3.0-litre turbodiesel TDCi engine offers class-leading torque of 380Nm peaking 2500rpm. This coupled with maximum power of 156PS at 3200rpm combines to deliver excellent driveability beyond the competition.

And, the fuel efficiency of the 3.0-litre engine will be at par with the 2.5L TDCi launched last summer.

The new Endeavour Thunder+ innovative features include:
A 3.0-litre turbodiesel common rail injection engine with Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT)
Peak torque of 380Nm available at 2500rpm
Peak power of 156PS at 3200rpm
Larger exterior mirrors incorporate turn indicators and puddle lamps
Puddle lamps illuminate area around front doors when entering and exiting vehicle
Endeavour Thunder+ exterior equipment includes spare wheel cover, body cladding, two-tone exteriors, front bumper over rider and a rear ladder
The interior of the new Endeavour Thunder+ is designed to offer a luxurious drive experience and includes:
Camel tone full leather interiors
SIX CD changer and MP3 player with six speakers
All-new in-car entertainment system with interior roof-mounted DVD player
Dual air-con with ceiling-mounted controls
Innovative storage solutions for all passengers

Ford India offers the Endeavour Thunder+ with an attractive palate of colours: such as Panther Black, Brush Steel, Diamond White, Jeans Blue and Mystic Wine.

The Endeavour Thunder+ features active safety technologies such as anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system to assist the driver during high-demand situations. Endeavour Thunder+ is equipped with dual front airbags.
It sports ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and has additional safety features such as increased diameter of the shock absorbers for better control and handling in all driving conditions, repairable breakaway front bumper system that minimizes collision impact and maximizes safety. The SUV also has an engine immobilizer and an anti-theft alarm ensuring complete vehicle security.
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Stock Specifications - Endeavour 3L Thunder+
Engine
Fuel type: Direct Injection Common Rail
Type: 3.0 Litre TDCi with Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT)
Made of: Aluminum head, cast iron block
Max power: 156PS@3200rpm
Max torque: 380Nm@2500rpm
Valve gear: DOHC, 16 Valves
Engine management: BOSCH
Chassis and Body
Chassis: Unique overlapped cross braced ladder frame
Kerb weight: (kg) 1875 (4x2) / 1995 (4x4)
Wheels: 16" Alloy wheels (40.6 cm)
Tyre size: 245/70 R16
Spare wheel: 16" Alloy wheel (Tailgate mounted)
Transmission
Gearbox: Five speed manual
4x4 Transfer Type: Manual
Ratios:
1st: 3.905
2nd: 2.248
3rd: 1.491
4th: 1.000
5th: 0.800
Final Drive Ratio: 3.73

Suspension
Front: Independent double wishbone with torsion bar spring & stabilizer bar
Rear: Progressive linear rate leaf springs with low friction pads

Steering Type Ball & Nut type, Tilt
Type of power assist: Variable power assist
Brakes
Front: ventilated discs
Rear: Self adjusting drum
Anti-lock: ABS with EBD

Safety Features
Ford dynamic safety engineering
Door intrusion side beams
Collapsible steering column
Dual stage Driver and co-driver airbags
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
Seatbelt Pretensioner & load limiter
Limited slip differential (on 4x4)
Front fog lamps
Day-night rear view mirror
Dual Horn
Seat belts for all 7 occupants (6 ELR, 1 Static)
Engine immobilizer
Central locking
Remote keyless entry
Anti-theft alarm

Exterior Dimensions
Length: 4998
Height: 1836
Width: 1789
Wheelbase: 2860
Front track: 1475
Rear Track: 1470
Ground clearance: 210
Fuel Tank capacity: 71 liters
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Overpriced, anyone? Although the features sound good.
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The Ford Endeavour is the first premium SUV is India to be powered with next-generation 3.0L Turbo-Diesel Common rail Injection (TDCi) power plant delivering the highest power, best in class torque, cleaner emissions and excellent fuel economy. Exceptional performance, superb low-rev torque, rapid engine response and impressive fuel efficiency are some of the key features customers will appreciate from Ford's new 3.0L TDCi diesel technology packaged in the Endeavour.

The new 16-valve DOHC 3.0-litre TDCi engine offers class-leading torque, with peak torque of 380 Newton-metres available at 2500rpm leaving competition miles behind.

Also the new 3.0L TDCi power plant delivers peak power of 156 PS at just 3200 rpm, and being the far ahead of players in the segment.

Significant characteristics from Ford's TDCi four-cylinder engines:
Increased power and torque
Rapid engine response
Strong performance from idle
Quick turbocharger response
Smooth acceleration
Improved fuel efficiency
Fewer emissions
Reduced noise and vibration levels
Quicker Acceleration

For the customers, Ford's TDCi engine range represents a fantastic package; more power, more performance and more economy. Greater power and performance are achieved by the fuel being injected directly into the combustion chamber multiple times per cycle under extremely high pressure (1600 bar) from a common-rail pump. The technology ensures the best possible mixture of fuel and air in the cylinders, resulting in efficient combustion for high torque and excellent fuel economy while also reducing engine noise and vibration.

Combined with a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) that reduces turbo lag, the system increases power and torque across a wider engine rev range, ideal for powerful acceleration, carting heavy loads and negotiating treacherous off-road conditions.

The key technologies involved in these engines are:
High-pressure common-rail fuel injection up to 1600 bar for optimum injection pressures during all engine speeds and loads with improved power, torque, fuel efficiency, emissions, noise and vibration.
Direct Injection injects fuel directly in the combustion chamber to provide more efficient combustion, more power and torque, better fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.
Double overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder with four valves per cylinder, the TDCi diesel engines breathe more efficiently to deliver better power and torque.
Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) the design greatly reduces turbo lag and broadens the torque curve for rapid engine response. VGT does this by providing higher gas flow speed, which allows the turbocharger to provide boost more effectively across a wider engine rev range.
Closed-loop exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) with cooler reduces emissions.
High-output microprocessor provides sophisticated control of engine variables under all driving and climatic conditions. The engine program control module (PCM) has a self-diagnostic function and the software can be updated without replacing the PCM.
Intake manifold with swirl control valve delivers improved efficiency and reduces harmful emissions by improving the combustion process.
Roller finger follower reduces parasitic loss by reducing valve train friction. In turn, the engine runs more efficiently and delivers better performance and fuel efficiency.
Dual counter-rotating balance shafts for reduced engine vibrations. This is a key feature to a large capacity four-cylinder engine such as the 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre TDCi.
Fuel Economy and Emissions - Despite its bigger capacity and associated increase in performance, the fuel-efficiency of the 3.0-litre engine promises to be at par with the 2.5L TDCi.
More Power & Torque - High torque and superior performance in all driving conditions are the keys for development of the new TDCi engine. The engine technology is developed specifically to enhance the high-torque characteristics.
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Thanks StarScream. Nice report. Got any pics? You say that this has been announced.. have they fixed any launch date?
18+ ex-showroom. Hmm. Its in the CRV territory! But being a diesel and a serious off roader the price could be justified.

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Overpriced, anyone? Although the features sound good.
beats the pants off the Captiva no?
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Rear: Self adjusting drum

No discs for rear!!!!! that's quite shocking to me considering the price and the weight of the vehicle!!
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Thanks StarScream. Nice report. Got any pics? You say that this has been announced.. have they fixed any launch date?
Hey Shuvd, have posted all that I got. The material doesn't explicitly say when it goes on sale...hmmm. I guess its on sale immediately. Why else would they make this announcement today? search me.
There is a pic - not a very good one. Ill upload it.
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here is the pic:

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What about the environment ? Suffering set backs in the states and europe for their 'fuel guzzlers' these companies want to make it up by selling them here. Guess our govt should also introduce higher insurance and tax bands for these vehicles.

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Guys, the one big gripe about the Endeavour has been the middle row comfort or, rather, the lack of it! I don't see that being addressed even in this model. Because, the basic ladder on frame remains unchanged
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PS - I am not saying that they dont sell abroad, but the west has far and large become aware of the environement issues
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Guys, the one big gripe about the Endeavour has been the middle row comfort or, rather, the lack of it! I don't see that being addressed even in this model. Because, the basic ladder on frame remains unchanged
Thats where Chevy wins.
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Heh it still has those lame leaf springs at the rear. Rather than giving more power, they should first fix the suspension. 18 lacs for a vehicle that runs on leaf springs is unforgiveable.
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Good value for money at that price, middle-row seating and ride comfort issues notwithstanding.
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