Climb aboard Everest
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.