High-tech diesel, safety among Ever­est fea­tures

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Ford Aus­tralia has an­nounced de­tails of the MY19 Ford Ever­est SUV. There is a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the top end of the range as many buy­ers are opt­ing for SUVs in­stead of sedans and wag­ons.

Big­gest news is the in­tro­duc­tion of a high-tech 2.0-litre turbo-diesel en­gine which is op­tional on Ever­est Trend, and stan­dard on the Ti­ta­nium.

This BiTurbo unit produces bulk grunt at 500Nm from 1750rpm. It has a fixed-ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger for fast throt­tle re­sponse and min­i­mum lag. Then a sec­ondary tur­bocharger fea­tures vari­able ge­om­e­try for per­for­mance gains at higher en­gine speeds, tak­ing over from the pri­mary turbo.

This high-tech diesel sits in front of a 10-speed torque-con­ver­tor au­to­matic.

The rest of the Ford Ever­est range uses the ex­ist­ing 3.2-litre turbo-diesel (147kW/470Nm) and a six-speed torque con­verter au­to­matic.

SYNC 3 with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto com­pat­i­bil­ity is now stan­dard across the Ever­est range. Fea­tures in­clude Blue­tooth, an 8.0inch full colour touch­screen. It en­ables the use of Google Maps and Ap­ple Maps.

There is stan­dard in-built sat­nav for use when the Ever­est is be­yond mo­bile cov­er­age ar­eas.

The MY19 Ever­est may re­ceive com­pli­men­tary map up­dates for up to seven years when a sched­uled ser­vice is com­pleted at a par­tic­i­pat­ing dealer.

Key­less en­try and push-but­ton start comes stan­dard across the MY19 Ever­est range. Trend and Ti­ta­nium now have a hands-free power tail­gate.

Safety is a ma­jor fea­ture with Ford’s pre-col­li­sion as­sist now hav­ing in­ter-ur­ban au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion and ve­hi­cle de­tec­tion.

It will bring the Ever­est to a com­plete stop, to help mit­i­gate rearend col­li­sions and road-traf­fic col­li­sions with pedes­tri­ans.

The sys­tem, which func­tions at speeds above 3.6km/h, is new to Ever­est and stan­dard on Trend and Ti­ta­nium mod­els.

The Ever­est has a facelift with a new grille treat­ment in­cor­po­rat­ing a sec­ondary grille tex­ture against Ever­est’s chrome bright­work. Ever­est Ti­ta­nium fea­tures a new 20-inch split-spoke al­loy wheel de­sign, while darker wheel ac­cents.

All Ever­ests now have re­vised sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try, to im­prove ride and han­dling. We will sam­ple an Ever­est or two soon and get back to you with re­ports on this, and even more im­por­tantly on the per­for­mance from the new high­tech en­gine. Ford Aus­tralia pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive Graeme Whick­man said: “The MY19 Ever­est model builds on the suc­cess of the Ever­est line, which has won Drive’s Best 4x4 award for 2015, 2016 and 2017, Drive ‘Car of the Year’ award for 2015 and 4x4 Aus­tralia’s 4x4 of the Year 2016.” Your lo­cal Ford dealer is Bar­nesby Ford 9842 2933.

All Ever­ests now have re­vised sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try to im­prove ride and han­dling.

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