• Third-gen Ford Everest for SA
NEXT-GEN EVEREST FOR SA: The new Ford Everest is set to arrive locally later in 2015. Image: Ford
• All-wheel drive, terrain management system
• Seats seven passengers
• New engines and transmissions
BEIJING, China – Ford unveiled its third-generation Ford Everest, sporting a new design as well as the automaker’s latest engines and tech.
Ford confirms the new Everest will be arriving South Africa later in 2015.
Led by Ford's Asia Pacific design and product development teams, and making use of Ford's global SUV platforms (EcoSport, Kuga etc), the new Ford Everest will be available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants.
The Everest can be powered by a choice of petrol (four-cylinder 2.0-litre EcoBoost) and diesel engines (five-cylinder 3.2-litre and four-cylinder 2.2-litre TDCi), mated to either a six-speed auto or manual.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Ford Everest
The new Ford Everest was designed from the ground up with the durability to, Ford says, “take on the most inhospitable environments”. It’s equipped with a four-wheel drive system, an active transfer case (with Ford Torque on Demand), terrain management system (TMS), 225mm ground clearance and 800mm water-wading capability.
It’s TMS has four settings (Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock) and for extreme off-road environments, drivers can manually lock the transfer case in low-range AWD drive mode for increased control.
FORD SYNC 2
Inside, it benefits from refined materials, sun roof, power tailgate, more than 30 stowage areas, multiple power outlets and can seat seven occupants.
It’s equipped with the latest generation of Ford's in-car connectivity solution, Sync 2, enabling drivers to use voice commands to control the entertainment system, aircon and mobile devices. The system also boasts an 20cm touchscreen with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation.
The new Everest is equipped with the following technologies:
•Curve Control - helps drivers maintain control when approaching turns too quickly
•Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid - prevent drivers from unintentionally drifting out of a lane
•Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert - informs drivers when there is a vehicle in their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots.
TOPS IN SAFETY
In terms of safety, it has adaptive cruise control, forward alert with collision mitigation, roll stability control and an electronic stability program, says Ford. To reduce parking anxiety, active park assist enables drivers to parallel park hands-free, requiring only accelerating, shifting and braking from the driver.
The Everest is equipped with active noise cancellation technology uses three microphones inside the cabin to detect and measure sounds. A smart control module generates opposing sound waves, which are then fed through the Everest's audio system to cancel out unpleasant noises.
According to Ford: “The result is a quiet interior that lets the driver comfortably speak with third row passengers without shouting.”
The new Ford Everest will be manufactured in Rayong, Thailand, for Asian markets. In China, the new Everest will be manufactured by Ford's Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) joint venture at the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nanchang, China, and distributed through JMC's network of dealers.