The long-awaited Ford Everest has finally been introduced to the market locally after a heavy teaser campaign by the Blue Oval. It brings about fresh styling, improved safety & technology and a more powerful engine.
Up front, the Everest boasts an aggressive design with some familiarity to Ford pick-up trucks from North America. C-clamp LED headlamps are present with a strong horizontal upper grille bar enhancing the aggressive appearance.
The side of the Everest features a strong shoulder line which runs from the front to the back. Noteworthy, the track has been increased by 50mm and this assists the Everest deliver a more controlled on-road ride. The rear taillights feature a smart design and LED technology.
Plush materials and premium finishes make their way into the cabin of the Everest. Greeting the driver is an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster in the Sport model, with the range-topping Platinum model boasting a 12.4-inch cluster. Both models are complimented by a 12.4-inch high-resolution portrait touchscreen. The touchscreen benefits from the latest Ford SYNC4A system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless smartphone charging are standard.
An embedded factory-fitted modem allows for customers to connect to the FordPass App which allows for features such as remote start, vehicle status check, vehicle locator and remote lock and unlock, all done via a smartphone. The Platinum model includes a 360-degree camera with a split-view display.
Engine and Power
Two engines are currently offer in the Everest range - the same 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel which was found in the outgoing model and a new 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6. The former engine delivers 154kw and 500Nm whereas the latter engine delivers 184kW and 600Nm. Both engines are mated to the familiar 10-speed automatic transmission.
Noteworthy, the all-new Everest has a maximum braked towing capability of up to 3 500kg, 400kg more than the outgoing model. Furthermore, the vehicle can now support static loads of up to 350kg and dynamic loads of up to 100kg. The new Everest also boasts a wading depth of 800mm. Six driving modes are available to choose from such as Normal, Eco, Tow/ Haul, Slippery, Mud & Ruts and Sand.
Driver Assistance & Safety Technologies
The all-new Everest is jam-packed with driver assistance and safety technologies. The Platinum model boasts the following as standard: Active Park Assist 2.0, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Centering, Distance Alert and Indication, Evasive Steer Assist and Intersection functionality.
Both Everest Sport and Platinum models benefit from the following: Lane Keeping System with Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, Road Edge Detection and Driver Warning, Pre-Collision Assist with Dynamic Brake Support, Forward Collision Warning, Automated Emergency Braking and Reverse Brake Assist.
Ford Everest Sport 2.0L BiT 4WD 10AT - R965 400
Ford Everest Platinum 3.0L V6 AWD 10AT - R 1 113 100
We look forward to spending time with the new Everest once it arrives in our garage for testing.