- Updated range comprises six models, including XLS, XLT and Limited series
- Four engines: the all-new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo with new 10-speed automatic transmission, or the current 2.2 and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi with six-speed auto
- Passive Entry and Passive Start (PEPS) on XLT and Limited, exceptional level of standard safety features including ESP with Traction Control, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) on the 4×4 models, Load Adaptive control (LAC) and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM)
- SYNC®3 with Navigation on the XLT and Limited, SYNC®1 on XLS
The New Everest is Ford’s most adventurous, advanced and capable sport utility vehicle (SUV), offering the versatility of its seven-seat configuration matched to outstanding all-terrain capability and premium luxury.
“The line-up of models in the New Everest range has been tailored to suit the requirements of discerning customers in the crucial SUV sector,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “From the value-oriented offering in the XLS 2.2 TDCi to the range-topping Everest Limited, there is a model to suit a wide range of customers, which makes it a more compelling choice than ever.”
Six models are available in the New Everest range, starting off with the XLS 2.2 TDCi which provides an extremely competitive range of standard comfort, convenience and safety features.
Four XLT models are included in the new line-up, with the option of the all-new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo engines, along with the current 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi.
The Bi-Turbo Everest Limited is the range-topping offering, once again boasting a trend-setting cache of luxury features matched to an exceptional portfolio of active driving safety technologies.
The Everest XLS may be the most affordable model in the New Everest range, yet it is anything but entry-level in terms of the level of standard features included in the package. It is powered by the existing 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and 4×2 drivetrain with a rear differential lock.
The styling of the XLS has been enhanced and includes attractive 17-inch wheels, along with body-coloured bumpers, front fog lamps, side steps and black roof rails. Rear parking sensors are fitted to ease parking manoeuvres, along with a rear-view camera linked to an integrated four-inch colour display.
Versatility remains an Everest forte, offering three rows of seats with the third row incorporating air vents for the last row passengers, and a 50:50 split-fold seat back that seamlessly lowers into the floor for maximum loading practicality. In addition to air vents, passengers in the second row also benefit from their own controls for the air-conditioning system, ensuring optimal comfort. Additionally, four 12-volt power sockets are provided, with two mounted in front, and one each for the second and third-row occupants.
The standard safety package across the entire Everest range is beyond reproach, incorporating Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control (TC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Adaptive Load Control (ALC) and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM). Uncompromising occupant protection measures include a total of seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags), with a full Category 1 Thatcham specification alarm system linked to the remote central locking system provided for enhanced anti-theft security.
Ford’s eight-speaker SYNC® 1 system with Bluetooth and voice control, USB and Aux ports and a 4.2-inch colour display provides a wide range of multimedia choices. The sophisticated SYNC®3 with Navigation system is available as an option on the XLS.
Cruise control adds driving convenience, while Ford’s Active Noise Cancellation system helps reduce cabin noise for an impressively quiet and refined driving experience.
The Everest XLT remains the cornerstone of the range, with four models included in the line-up. Two 4×2 derivatives are available, with customers having the option of the all-new 2.0-litre Single Turbo or the powerful Bi-Turbo engine, mated to the innovative 10-speed automatic transmission.
For those heading off the beaten track, the four-wheel drive options comprise the Bi-Turbo model with the new 10-speed automatic transmission, or the current 3.2-litre five-cylinder Duratorq TDCi which uses the existing six-speed automatic. All Everest 4×4 models are equipped with Ford’s seamless and intuitive Terrain Management System that facilitates easy switching between Normal, Rock Crawl, Mud and Sand modes to suit the driving conditions.
Externally, the XLT is differentiated from the XLS by means of chromed finishes for the front radiator grille, door handles and mirrors, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, powered heated side mirrors with puddle lamps, silver-painted roof rails, halogen headlights with daytime running lights and LED tail lamps.
The interior execution is raised several notches with the inclusion of leather trim for the seven seats, gear lever and steering wheel. Dual-zone electronic climate control, automatic headlamp activation, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, high-level full-colour digital instrumentation as well as front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera enhance comfort, convenience and safety.
SYNC®3 with Navigation is standard fitment on the XLT, incorporating 10 speakers, dual USB ports and an eight-inch touch screen display.
The technology package is bolstered with the addition of keyless Passive Entry and Passive Start (PEPS) for the first time, while the innovative and programmable Ford MyKey provides peace of mind when the vehicle is being driven by secondary drivers, as it can be configured to inhibit incoming phone calls; restrict top speed; prevent deactivation of driver assistance and safety features; reduce audio system maximum volume, and disable the audio system altogether if occupants are not using safety belts.
The Everest Limited remains the range-topping model, offering customers a truly premium execution with an exclusive range of styling cues and a supreme level of luxury and active driving safety features.
The Limited is powered by the new Bi-Turbo engine, driving all four wheels through the new 10-speed automatic transmission, in conjunction with the Terrain Management System.
Complementing the refreshed front-end styling treatment for the New Everest is the Limited model’s classy new 20-inch split spoke alloy wheels, although 18-inch diameter rims can be specified according to customer preferences. High-series side steps, along with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps (with automatic levelling and auto high-beam control) and LED daytime running lights give the Limited an additional level of exclusivity.
The cabin environment continues the luxurious theme, employing a dark roof lining, illuminated front scuff plates, eight-way power and heated front seats, the iconic powered panoramic glass moonroof, as well as adaptive ambient lighting with multiple colour choices to suit the driver’s mood.
Access to the load compartment is facilitated by the convenient powered tailgate, while the 50:50 split third-row rear seats can be lowered or raised electrically, enabling the vehicle to easily be configured for carrying loads or additional passengers.
The exhaustive list of active driving safety features on the Everest Limited remains one of its key selling features. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Alert with Autonomous Braking (which has been enhanced to detect pedestrians, in addition to its current capability of sensing vehicles), Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and Semi-Automatic Parallel Park Assist (SAPPA).
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