'ENTRY-LEVEL' SUV: Ford has now made their Everest available with a new engine and in lower specification XLS trim. Image: Quickpic
Pretoria – Ford's revised Everest range now features: eight derivatives available with two engine choices, three specification levels, manual and automatic transmissions, as well as the option of two or four-wheel drive.
The bakkie-based SUV is built in the firm's Silverton assembly plant in Gauteng. Ford says local production of the Everest has enabled the brand to expand the line-up, it will be exported to markets across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Along with the two original high-spec 3.2 XLT and Limited 4x4 models (originally built in The 2.2 XLS is available in three versions, comprising a two-wheel drive derivative with six-speed manual gearbox, along with an six-speed automatic model.
The 2.2 XLS 4x4, equipped with a manual transmission. The intelligent four-wheel drive system provides permanent drive to all four wheels, using an active transfer case with high and low range, a rear differential lock and torque on demand to deliver optimum performance and traction in all conditions. A 225mm ground clearance and substantial 800mm water wading depth is quoted by the manufacturer.
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The 2.2-litre diesel develops 118kW and 385Nm, while the familiar 3.2-litre engine has power outputs of 147kW and 470Nm.
Both versions are rated for a maximum towing capacity of 3 000kg.
New to the Everest line-up is a 4x2 version 3.2-litre model, also in XLT trim and paired with the six-speed automatic gearbox.
As before, the two top-end models are both matched to the four-wheel drive system, automatic gearbox and 3.2-litre engine, in either XLT or range-topping Limited specification.
is Ford’s latest-generation SYNC®3 integrated communications and entertainment system, fitted as standard on all XLT and Limited models. It includes a total of 10 speakers and two USB ports for multimedia connectivity.
SYNC®1 remains the entry-level system on the XLS models, and offers Bluetooth with Voice Activation, plus mobile and multimedia device integration.
Numerous other sophisticated technologies fitted as standard on the Ford Everest include Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist and Trailer Sway Control.
All three specification grades include rear parking sensors linked to a full colour rear view parking camera on the 10cm display for the XLS or the 20cm touch screen for XLT and Limited.
The extensive range of smart and safe driving technologies on the Everest Limited make it stand out even further. These include Adaptive Cruise Control with Heads Up Display, Forward Alert, Collision Mitigation and Distance Alert.
Additionally, the Limited is equipped with Xenon headlamps with Auto High Beam Control, distinctive LED daytime running lights, tyre Pressure Monitoring System, a 230-volt power inverter and the spectacular dual panel power moon roof.
Load space is rated at 1050 litres with the third row seats folded, expanding to 2010 litres with both second and third rows folded completely flat.
2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4×2 - R453 900
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4×2 - R470 900
2.2 TDCi XLT 6MT 4×2 - R478 900
2.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×2 - R495 900
2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4×4 - R529 900
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×2 - R554 900
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×4 - R634 900
3.2 TDCi Limited 6AT 4×4 - R698 900