Its been a long time coming but Ford has finally taken the covers off of brand-new versions of its heavy-hitters – the Everest SUV and Ranger bakkie.
Both models are set to be launched locally towards the end of 2022 and the blue-oval brand recently revealed pre-production examples that will be built on local soil at Ford’s Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria.
Towards the end of 2021, Ford announced that it would invest R600-million in the local Struandale Engine Plant situated in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) that supports the launch of a new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, as well as upgrades to the existing assembly line for the 2.0-litre single turbo and 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engines.
While the current generation Everest and Ranger models don’t sell badly at all, the latest batch is sure to rival the Toyota’s Fortuner and Hilux duo even more closely.
From design to tech and performance, there is much to take in on the seven-seater SUV and Gumtree takes a look at some of the new features that set the new Everest apart from the rest of the crowd:
Active Park Assist
Gone are the days when parking is done manually. Besides the wide range of convenience and safety features offered as part of the range, the Everest now also features an all-new Active Park Assist system. Everything is done at the touch of a button and all you need to do is watch as the system takes care of functionality like the steering, gearshifts, acceleration and braking while navigating into a parallel space.
One of the most significant changes over the outgoing model is the digital visual appeal from within the cabin. Depending on trim level, the SUV comes with the option of either an 8 or 12.4-inch digital instrument panel that replaces the traditional analogue clusters. In addition, occupants can toggle between settings and access the FordPass App on the high-res portrait 10.1 or 12-inch touchscreen, flanked by redesigned air vents.
Ford refreshed the third-generation Everest’s appearance in a big way. The signature C-Clamp LED headlights (similar to the ones found on the Ranger bakkie) are the obvious standouts along with the horizontal upper grille bar – The brand made away with the L-shaped DRLs in the outgoing generation. Also added to the aesthetics is the choice of beefier (optional 21-inch) wheels.
Although local specification will only be confirmed closer to the time of launch, customers can choose from a turbodiesel 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that comes in both single and bi-turbo configurations, a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol unit – in addition to a potent turbodiesel 3.0-litre V6 (that makes 184kW and 600Nm). Depending on the model, it can be paired with either a six or 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
Another cool feature in the seven-seater’s cap is the presence of a Svelte leather-trimmed e-shifter that comes standard on all High-Series and 4WD models. If the driver wishes to do so, they can easily choose between two – a part-time and permanent four-wheel drive system – selectable drive modes.
The wider motoring audience found issue with Ford’s ageing model line-up – with the Everest and Ranger special edition models particularly referenced – but the brand has responded in a big way with the new offerings.
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