All-new Everest gets higher-tech
ORD is not only calling its latest Everest all-new from the ground up, but has already laid claim to it being one of the toughest SUVs in the segment.
As with its predecessor, the newcomer gets a body-on-frame design (more common in bakkies), which assures torsional strength when the going gets tough. Other crosscountry advantages include an intelligent four-wheel drive system with an active transfer case, a Terrain Management System which will adapt to bundu-bashing mood swings (with Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock settings), and best-in-class ground clearance of 225mm and water-wading capability of 800mm. And ride comfort is said to be Queen Elizabeth-spec thanks to a coil spring front and rear suspension set-up.
With its bold front, distinctively
FAmerican styling and wide stance the new Everest is sure to attract some attention. Ford says this seven-seater is one of the most technologically-advanced SUVs on the market with features like the latest version of Sync connectivity and active noise cancelling, and driver aids like Curve Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert.
Powering the newcomer will be a range of three engines, mated to six-speed manual or auto ‘boxes. The petrol in the range comes in the form of a 2-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost, while diesel fans get to choose between a 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi or the smaller 2.2-litre Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi.
The new Everest lands in SA in the second half of next year, with the local engine line-up and pricing set to be confirmed then.
Ford’s new Everest SUV benefits from a raft of offroad, infotainment and safety electronica.