New Ford Everest unveiled

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 14, 2014

A perineal underachiever in the local market, Ford officially lifted the wraps of its brand new Ranger-based Everest SUV at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China yesterday.

Destined to arrive on local shores next year, the Thai-built Everest will rival the top selling Toyota Fortuner and the recently refreshed Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, all whom are bakkie-based seven seaters with the option of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Although local pricing and spec have yet to be announced, Ford has confirmed that the new Everest will feature the same 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five cylinder turbodiesel engines powering the Ranger, while some markets will also receive a 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder petrol. Transmission options will once again mirror those of the Ranger with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

In a first for the segment, four-wheel drive Everest’s will also come with an active low range transmission and a Land Rover-esque terrain on demand system, activated by a rotary dial next to the gear lever, which allows for four settings when going off-road; Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock. Ground clearance is rated at 225 mm with Ford also claiming a wading depth of 800 mm, payload of 750 kg and towing capacity of 3000 kg for a braked trailer.

Inside, the Everest features a redesigned more upmarket interior than that of the Ranger with new technologies such as an eight inch-touch screen infotainment system, Ford’s Sync 2 multi-media interface with voice activation, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot technology, a 10 speaker sound system with USB and aux inputs, second and third row climate control, panoramic sunroof, enhanced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels and active noise cancellation technology, consisting out of three small microphones mounted in the headliner which counteracts the noise from the audio.

 

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