All-new Ever­est gets higher-tech

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - MI­NESH BHA­GA­LOO

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.

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