FORD upped the ante in the SUV wars with the introduction of the all-new Ford Everest with first-in-class features, advanced technologies and innovative on-road and off-road capabilities. Barely two months since its global launch in Thailand, the all-new Ford Everest is now being offered in all Ford dealerships across the Philippines.
The all-new Ford Everest was presented in dramatic fashion on the evening of April 19 at an outdoor field in Alabang, Muntinlupa, complete with an off-road track, two very steep hills as well as a deep-water crossing. With spot lights and live camera feeds, the launch was highlighted with the entrance of two Everests that confidently clambered the steep 45-degree hill until it reached the apex—where it paused for a moment. As the two Everests held its pose high up on the mounds, two other SUVs entered the stage, with one going over the deep elephant holes, while the other one drove through a deep pond of water—showcasing its extreme off-road climbing and deep-water wading capabilities.
Rugged yet refined
Designed fully in the Asia-Pacific region, the seven-seater Everest has a true body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains. Together with an intelligent four-wheel drive system, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand and best-in-class ground clearance of 225 millimeters and water-wading capability of 800 mm and 20-inch alloy wheels, the all-new Everest helps drivers navigate difficult terrain with ease.
It is equipped with the advanced, first-in-class Terrain Management System (TMS) with four terrain settings – Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock. Each setting adjusts the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel drive system and traction control to confidently tackle any situation.
Hill Descent Control is another feature that sets and maintains a constant speed to drive down steep descents with ease on any terrain. The Electronic Locking Rear Differential feature helps prevent rear wheels from spinning while driving off-road, increasing traction in challenging conditions.
The all-new Everest also comes with Torque on Demand via Active Transfer Case, which maximizes performance by automatically transferring torque between the front and rear wheels to give maximum traction and control even in slippery and challenging driving conditions. For extreme off-road environments, drivers can manually lock the transfer case in low-range four-wheel drive mode for increased control. Thanks to its coil spring front and rear suspension and a Watt’s linkage on the rear axle, the all-new Everest provides a comfortable, stable ride with agile and predictable handling on the road.
Advanced technology for a smarter, safer drive
Technologically sound, the all-new Everest comes with many first-in-segment features that make it one of the smartest off-road SUVs ever made.
The latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity solution, SYNC 2, lets drivers use natural voice commands to control the car’s entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices more easily than ever before. SYNC 2 also boasts an eight-inch touch-screen with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation. The entertainment system features a first-in-class 10-speaker sound system with an integrated subwoofer.
Other segment-first technologies in the all-new Everest include Curve Control, designed to help drivers maintain control when approaching turns too quickly, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, which informs drivers when there is a vehicle on their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots. The vehicle also offers other advanced features, including Roll Stability Control and an Electronic Stability Program that works with traction control. Meanwhile, Active Park Assist enables drivers to parallel park hands-free, requiring only accelerating, shifting and braking from the driver.
In addition to advanced active safety systems, a strong passenger cage built using high-strength materials like boron steel, and passive safety features, including up to seven airbags.
Functional and smart
Outside, the robust front end with signature LED daytime running lights connected to a prominent inverted trapezoid grille set high on the front allowed designers to maximize the headlamps’ dimensions.
At the back of the vehicle, designers placed prominent, chiseled tail lamps over a negative scallop, contrasting with the square, flat lift gates on traditional SUVs. Moving back from the upright grille, the headlamps are swept back for a modern and aerodynamic look.
Meanwhile, interior features balance ride comfort with ultimate practicality, including a panoramic moon roof, a first-in-class power liftgate, more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces, multiple power outlets and flexible seating and cargo arrangements – including fold-flat second- and first-in-class power-fold third-row seating – to achieve a perfect balance between passenger comfort and packing efficiency. It also provides 2,010 liters of versatile cargo space, maximum legroom and a class-leading payload capacity of up to 750 kilograms.
The all-new Everest also offers Active Noise Cancellation that uses three strategically placed microphones inside the cabin to detect and measure sounds. A smart control module instantaneously generates opposing sound waves, which are then fed through the all-new Everest’s audio system to cancel out unpleasant noises.
Brute power and excellent efficiency
For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine with 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque. Upgrades include an updated exhaust gas recirculation system to boost efficiency.
For maximum fuel economy without compromising performance, Ford is also offering the latest generation of the 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel, putting out 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque.
The all-new Everest comes in seven dynamic colors – Cool White, Black Mica, Sunset Red, True Red, Metropolitan Grey, Blue Reflex and Aluminum Metallic. Prices are 2.2-liter 4×2 Ambiente MT at P1.339 million; 2.2-liter 4×2 Ambiente AT priced at P1.399 million; 2.2-liter 4×2 Trend AT at P1.539 million; 2.2-liter 4×2 Titanium AT priced P1.639 million; and 3.2-liter 4×4 Titanium AT priced P1.899 million.
For P100,000 more, Ford is also offering an optional premium package to the 3.2-liter 4×4 Everest Titanium that comes with HID projector type headlamps with auto-levelling and headlamp washer, LED day time running lamp, 8-way power adjust passenger seat, power fold 3rd row seat and power liftgate, 240-volt inverter, panoramic moon roof, heads-up display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, Collision Mitigation and Active Park Assist.
The all-new Everest is manufactured at AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong. Deliveries will begin by September.