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Next-Generation Ford Everest is Bold & engineered for adventure

Next-Generation Ford Everest is Bold & engineered for adventure

I had the pleasure of spending some time with the big and bold Ford Everest Platinum recently. It’s built tough in the Ford style that is unmistakeable from the outside. It’s comfortable and smooth to drive, it’s safe, packed with all the tech you need and an inviting cabin designed for both the work and weekend leisure commutes. Everest offers a choice of durable powertrains that includes a new 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, or the proven 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engines, both matched to advanced 10-speed automatic transmissions and there are two models available: dynamic Everest Sport and luxurious Everest Platinum. And I did travel in luxury for a week and then I had to hand back the keys.

Ford Everst Sport and Platinum  (1)

Image: FMCSA

 

Be adventurous

Engineered to excite, the Next-Gen Everest has been built for the adventurous – with capability at its core. Inside, premium levels of craftsmanship have created a quiet and refined sanctuary for up to seven occupants, while class-leading technology and safety make every journey more memorable.

“The Next-Gen Everest has been designed with one thing in mind, and that’s our customers,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa.  And we know that Everest owners are people who like adventure.

 

Rugged outside, a sanctuary within

The Next-Gen Everest is unreservedly sleek and modern, with a wider track and longer wheelbase enabling designers to create a more progressive, muscular appearance. Comfort and convenience are raised to even greater heights, with the inclusion of standard integrated wireless charging, an electric parking brake and a svelte new leather trimmed e-Shifter on the range-topping Everest Platinum.

Ford Everest Platinum Interior

Image: FMCSA

Easy access

Access to the third-row seats is much easier thanks to second-row seats that slide further forward than before. Additionally, all occupants now have more places to store their things, while charging devices is a breeze with power outlets in all three rows. This includes a windscreen-mounted USB charging port, Type A and Type C USB ports in the front and centre consoles, along with 12-volt sockets up front, for the third-row occupants and in the luggage compartment. The Platinum is further equipped with a 400-Watt inverter for powering laptop computers and other devices.

 

Customer-focused technology

In addition to a more refined and comfortable interior, Ford focused on incorporating the latest connectivity and technology features into the Next-Gen Everest. In place of traditional analogue clusters, the Sport comes with an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, with an engaging 12.4-inch version on the Platinum.

Engineered for adventure

The Everest Sport relies on a part-time electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system, which includes 2H, 4H and 4L modes for tricky off-road conditions. Sure-footed performance is a hallmark of the Everest Platinum regardless of the terrain, with the adoption of an advanced permanent four-wheel drive system that additionally features a default 4A (Auto) mode that can be used on and off-road. It constantly adjusts the flow of drive between the front and rear axles for enhanced traction for even greater peace of mind.

With the twist of a dial or push of a button, next-gen Everest customers can choose from up to six drive modes designed to improve on and off-road comfort and capability. The drive modes are: Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Mud & Ruts, and Sand.

Ford Everst Platinum Front_CMSthumb

Image: FMCSA

Stay in your lane

Both the Sport and Platinum models are equipped with Ford’s Lane Keeping System, which includes Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, along with Road Edge Detection and Driver Warning. Pre-Collision Assist with Dynamic Brake Support, Forward Collision Warning, Automated Emergency Braking and Reverse Brake Assist further up the arsenal of innovative safety features. Additionally, the Platinum gains Distance Alert and Indication, Evasive Steer Assist and Intersection functionality.

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Pricing (incl)

- Everest Sport 2.0L BiT 4WD 10AT                R 965 400

- Everest Platinum 3.0L V6 AWD 10AT           R 1 113 100

Included as standard is Ford Protect comprising a four-year/120 000km warranty, four-year/unlimited distance Roadside Assistance and five-year/unlimited distance corrosion warranty.