After celebrating the 50th birthday of its local Struandale plant, Ford has announced the all-new Everest which is set to go on sale next year. The 2015 SUV promises to be one of the safest, capable and most fuel efficient in its segment when it launches next year in Africa, Asia and Australia.
The Everest will offer one of the broadest drivetrain ranges in its class, with three turbocharged engines, two transmissions and rear- and four-wheel-drive available from launch. A new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will make its Asia Pacific debut in the Everest. Ford claims the EcoBoost engine delivers more power than a conventional 3.5-litre V6 and is also predicting class-leading fuel economy.
Inherited from the Ranger, the diesel option engines come with two options: the 2.2-litre four-cylinder and a 3.2-litre five-cylinder and a four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ecoboost engine. Both engines can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or the six-speed auto, which has been recalibrated for the Everest for greater refinement and efficiency. “The new Ford Everest is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, equally prepared for the everyday commute as it is for the most extreme off-road terrain,” said Dave Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific.
“The Everest’s unique blend of tough capability and exceptional comfort is going to resonate with drivers across Asia Pacific and around the world.” Ford’s engineers prioritised reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels for enhanced refinement compared with the Ranger workhorse.
The interior takes a more luxurious approach than the Ranger. The 7-seaters’ front seats can be heated and have an eight-way electric adjustment. The second row gets its own climate controls, while both the second and third rows get air vents, positioned in the roof around the large sunroof.
The 2015 Ford Everest packs a wide array of safety and assistance systems like Hill Start Assist, Hill Ascent & Descent & Curve Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Roll Stability Control and ESP. Its competitors include the likes of the Toyota Prado and the Mitsubishi Pajero to mention a few. The Ford Everest is expected to come to South Africa later in 2015 and prices will be announced closer to launch date.
–Ignition Live Reporter