PRETORIA, South Africa — The Everest is designed to be the ultimate recreational vehicle with the comfort and safety features required of a family car and the off-road competencies of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). A number of upgrades have recently been made to the Everest resulting in an even more appealing package.
“Combining rugged off-road ability and the luxury of a seven-seat configuration, the Everest is not only the perfect family vehicle but is ideally suited to South Africa’s environment and our general sense of adventure,” said Ford Marketing Manager Gavin Golightly.
The seven-seater SUV boasts bold styling that has been further enhanced. A newly designed front grille is complemented by subtle modifications to the front bumper, the headlamps, fog lamp bezels and door mirrors while the quarter back windows have also been enhanced.
Wheel arch flares give the Everest a muscular stance, while its ready-for-adventure character is further defined by the full size spare wheel mounted on the tailgate and high-mounted taillight clusters that increase visibility and lend a more premium status to the SUV.
The Ford Everest is unique in its segment in that it features a side-hinged rear door. It allows the full-size spare wheel to be mounted on it and also makes it easier to operate for smaller people. It opens up the tallest and widest cargo area in the class when the third row of seats is folded.
Other exterior enhancements include the addition of a new exterior colour, Copper Red.
Cabin enhancements see the interior trim change from camel to a darker tone called Basalt (black), perfect for family outings and outdoor excursions. USB and auxiliary input comes standard across the range, and cruise control is available as standard in the limited model*.
Three models of the Everest are available, all powered by Ford’s acclaimed Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. The TDCi engine delivers quick response, produces strong torque at low revs, offers highly refined characteristics and is fuel efficient with low running costs.
The 3.0-litre engine employs advanced injection technology – intercooler and variable-geometry turbocharging – to reduce turbo lag and improve overall performance. Plenty of available torque makes it highly responsive to the driver's needs and gives the Everest ample grunt. The 115kW 3.0-litre delivers 380Nm peak torque at 1800rpm. At 3000rpm, the Everest's 3.0-litre TDCi diesel proves its flexibility in delivering more than 350Nm.
Driving through a five-speed manual transmission, the Ford Everest XLT is available in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise. The Everest LTD is available in 4x4 only with a five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic model features an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, allowing a driver to shift the driving mode from 2WD to 4WD at high driving speeds of up to 100 km/h. The 4x4 system features a proven-tough Borg-Warner transfer case.
The Ford Everest comes with a 5 year / 90 000km Service Plan and a comprehensive 4 year / 120 000km warranty with service intervals of 10 000kms. Customers will also benefit from 3 years of Roadside Assistance and a 5 year corrosion warranty as part of the Ford Everest package. Free off-road driver training through De Rust Outdoor is offered on all 4x4 derivatives. The customer has the peace of mind to know that this capable vehicle is reliable with a low cost of ownership.
“The Everest is a fantastic family vehicle that offers comfort, safety, off-road competence and practicality,” concluded Golightly.