Climb aboard Ever­est

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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Ford Ever­est, the seven-seater SUV based on the me­chan­i­cal pack­age of the Ranger ute, is nearly ready to go.

It hits the road in Oc­to­ber as the blue oval brand moves to re­place the Fal­con-based Ter­ri­tory in 2016 and mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge in the fam­ily SUV class.

The start­ing point is a price­line of $54,990, well up from the Ter­ri­tory but a rea­son­able ask for the size, com­fort and qual­ity that Ford prom­ises with the en­gi­neered-in-Aus­tralia, builtin-Thai­land new­comer.

Ford says about 6000 peo­ple have pre­reg­is­tered for the Ever­est, which is the high­light of the off­shore en­gi­neer­ing work – and the $2 bil­lion in in­vest­ment – at Broad­mead­ows over the past six years.

“The Ever­est SUV rep­re­sents the very best of Ford’s Aus­tralian de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” says the new boss of the com­pany, Graeme Whick­man, the first Aus­tralian pres­i­dent and CEO of the busi­ness since the late Ge­off Po­lites. Ford is heav­ily push­ing the “by Aus­tralians for Aus­tralians” an­gle.

The 3.2-litre turbo diesel en­gine is stan­dard across the Ever­est range, de­liv­er­ing 143kW @3000rpm and 470Nm of torque be­tween 1750 and 2500rpm.

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