Ford mounting a challenge with new Everest


Following its unveiling last year, Ford has officially announced details of its eagerly awaited all-new second generation Everest SUV.

Based on the same platform as the smash-hit Ranger bakkie, the newcomer is touted by the US automaker as a model that “matches luxury and refinement with rugged capability”.

Built at Ford’s Rayong plant in Thailand, the Everest, like with its much criticised predecessor, uses a body-on frame chassis, but comes fitted with a first in-class dedicated off-road system known as Terrain Management.

Made up of four settings; Normal, Snow/Grass/Gravel, Sand and Rock, the system allows for the changing of throttle response, gear changes, traction control and the four-wheel drive system to better suit the conditions.

In addition, the Everest also features an active low range transfer case with Torque on Demand, as well as a ground clearance of 225 m and water wading limit of 800 m.

Borrowing a number of styling cues from the recently facelifted Ranger, the Everest will once be offered with seven seats, and in two trim levels with a single drivetrain option.

Standard spec is comprehensive with both models featuring Ford’s SYNC 2 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display and Voice Control, dual USB ports, 10-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, reverse camera with parking sensors, Hill Start Assist, Hill Decent Control and Roll Over Mitigation.

Adding to this, the flagship Limited sports Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Assist, Lane Keeping and Departure Warning, electric heated leather front seats, electric tailgate, front parking sensors, parallel park assist, tyre pressure sensors, xenon headlights with daytime running LED’s, and electric third row seating.

As with the flagship Ranger, power for the Everest comes from Ford’s five-cylinder 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine that makes 147 kW and 470 N.m of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available with combined fuel consumption being rated at 8.2 L/100 km and emissions at 217 g/km.



3.2 TDCi XLT 4WD AT R593 900
3.2 TDCi Limited 4WD AT R646 900