FORD EVEREST 2,2 TDCI XLT 6AT 4x2
Does the expanded Everest range have what it takes to turn the Fortuner’s irritation into a headache?
W14,06 sec 118 kw/385 N.m n/a HILE 2017 is gearing up to be the year of the double cab, an intriguing sub-plot involves the lifestyle vehicles that share their underpinnings (and, to a large extent, reputation) with their bakkie-based siblings. Based heavily on the Ranger double cab that continues to provide a monthly sales-chart irritation to the traditionally all-conquering Toyota Hilux, Ford’s recent expansion of its previously limited Everest range looks set to, by reputation alone, challenge the Fortuner’s market dominance.
Introduced in 2015 in high-end XLT or full-house Limited speci ca- 8,76 L/100 km 193 g/km tion, the original Everest was tted exclusively with a 3,2-litre ve-cylinder engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive drivetrain. It impressed not only with its rugged looks, but also its packaging and perceived build quality. Less impressive, however, was the asking price associated with its fully loaded speci cations list, and the summary of our December 2015 issue road test looked forward to the introduction of a broader, more keenly priced range.
Now built in South Africa (earlier models were imported from Thailand), the Everest range has grown to include two-wheel-driven derivatives, as well as a 2,2-litre Duratorq TDCI option mated with either a six-speed manual or sixspeed automatic transmission.
While XLS speci cation offers a well-priced entry point into the range (starting at R460 968), XLT trim, as featured here, gains additional exterior styling cues, including a chromed grille with matching door handles and side mirrors, and larger (18-inch) alloys for added presence. Although