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Ford’s Everest wagon beefed up

2013-05-24 11:43

TOUGH CHAPPIE: Ford SA has released its new Everest with subtle changes all round. Image: Ford SA

Ford has tweaked its seven-seater Everest with some new looks – so they say.

Ford claims the Everest has the safety and comfort of a family car and can do the macho off-road stuff of a SUV.  The latest version has been tweaked with some exterior styling and interior upgrades.

Ford SA’s marketing manager Gavin Golightly told Wheels24: “the Everest, combining rugged off-road ability and the luxury of a seven-seat configuration, is not only the perfect family vehicle but also ideal for South Africa’s environment and our general sense of adventure.”

NIP AND TUCK

It has a new grille with nips and tucks on the front bumper, headlights, fog-light bezels and external mirrors and changes to the rear quarter windows. There’s also a new red body colour and big wheel arches and the tail door-mounted spare wheel helps give the Everest an stance.

Ford says the car’s side-hinged rear door makes the Everest unique in its segment as it opens the highest and widest. It allows smaller folk to access entry to the third row of seats. The "camel trim' in the cabin has been replaced with black material. Treats include USB and auxiliary input' cruise control is  the LTD model only.

AMPLE GRUNT

The three models available in the line-up house the three-litre, 115kW/380Nm Duratorq TDCi diesel engine has advanced injection technology with intercooler and variable-geometry turbo – to reduce turbo lag and improve performance.

Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the XLT is available in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise. The LTD is available in 4x4 only with a five-speed auto transmission. The auto has an electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system which can be operated at up to 100km/h.

The Everest comes with a five-year or 90 000km service plan and a comprehensive four-year or 120 000km warranty with service intervals of 10 000km.

Other "free stuff" include three years of roadside assistance and a five-year no-rust through; as well as a no-rust through warranty. Off-road driver training is available to buyers of 4x4 units..
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