The Next-Gen Ford Everest

Bolder and brighter
The Next-Generation Ford Everest blends adventure-ready capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged, refined and fun to drive SUV.
Staff Reporter
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,” Doreen Mashinini, the general manager for marketing at Ford South Africa, said.



“Everest owners are people who like adventure, recreation and being able to go out with family and friends. Whether they’re conquering sand, rocky paths or city life, these customers appreciate the utility, capability and spaciousness of an SUV, and this is where this Everest excels by being tough on the outside, while providing a sanctuary on the inside matched to amazing capability underneath.”



Two grades of the Next-Gen Everest are available at launch, headlined by a new flagship grade: The Everest Platinum, which takes luxury and performance to new heights. It features the new three-litre V6 turbodiesel engine and Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic, linked to a permanent all-wheel drive system.



Customers also have the choice of the Everest Sport which is powered by the proven two-litre bi-turbo diesel engine, matched to the 10-speed auto. It uses an electronic shift-on-the-fly part-time four-wheel drive system.



Rugged outside,



a sanctuary within



It may be tough and rugged on the outside, but what customers want on the interior is a different story. Inside, they want a sanctuary.



Designers put a lot of thought into the function and feel of the interior, taking inspiration from modern homes and bringing in plush materials, premium finishes and ambient lighting all in areas where customers can appreciate them the best.



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. Befitting its flagship status, even the second-row seats are heated to cope with brisk winter mornings.



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 place of traditional analogue clusters, the Sport comes with an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, with an engaging 12.4-inch version on the Platinum. Both models boast a large, high-resolution portrait 12-inch touch-screen.



Additionally, there’s an embedded factory-fitted modem, allowing customers to connect to their vehicle when linked with the FordPass™ App. FordPass enhances the ownership experience with features like remote start, vehicle status check and health alerts, vehicle locator and remote lock and unlock functions via your mobile device.



New and proven



engine line-up



Everest customers told Ford that they wanted more power and torque for towing, carrying heavy loads and off-roading, so the team selected Ford’s proven three-litre V6 turbodiesel engine and refined it for the Everest, making it a perfect range-topping match for the Platinum derivative with 184kW of power and a hefty 600Nm of torque.



While the new V6 spearheads the line-up, the Next-Gen Everest Sport is equipped with the proven two-litre bi-turbo diesel engine that produces 154kW and 500Nm and is renowned for its refinement and efficiency. Both engines are mated to Ford’s advanced 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.



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.



With the twist of a dial or push of a button, customers can engage the various drive modes: Normal, eco, tow/haul, slippery, mud and ruts, and sand.



It also comes with comprehensive range of advanced driver-assistance systems, to ensure utmost safely and comfort, both on-road and off.



The Next-Gen Everest is expected to arrive at local showrooms by January 2023.

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