Rivals beware! The next-generation Ford Everest SUV means business

Ford’s next-generation Everest has officially been unveiled to the world.

The objective for the Everest was clear: tough on the outside, sanctuary on the inside, amazing capability underneath. Starting with the exterior and one thing immediately noticeable is the fitment of signature C-clamp DRLs and LED headlights and an horizontal upper grille bar.

Customers will be able to choose from three model grades – Sport, Titanium+ and Platinum.

Inside is a full-width instrument panel, centre console with two cupholders, a svelte new leather trimmed e-Shifter and an electric handbrake. Depending on the trim chosen, luxury features like wireless charging and heated and ventilated 10-way power adjustable memory function seats are available. Space is an adhering quality of any SUV but even more so in the Everest where flexible seating allows for the second-row of seats to slide with a 60:40 split and a 50:50 split in the third row that can be folded at the touch of a button on certain models.

New sheriff in town

Moving onto the high-tech features, the SUV comes with an 8 or 12.4-inch digital instrument panel (replace the analogue clusters) as well as a large 10.1 or 12-inch touchscreen. It comes with Ford’s latest voice-activated SYNC 4A system that can also be connected to the FordPass App that allows owners to monitor things like vehicle status and toggle between remote lock functions from a smartphone. Also thrown in the mix is a 360-degree camera with split-view display and a new touchscreen-operated zone lighting system.

Occupant safety is taken care of with the presence of as much as nine airbags and for those that don’t like parking, there is Active Park Assist to do the ‘dirty’ work.

“When we started imagining the next-gen Everest, we started not at the beginning but at the end: With our customers. They’re people who like adventure, recreation and being able to go out with family and friends. Whether they’re conquering sand, rocks or city life, these customers appreciate the utility, capability and spaciousness of an SUV,” says Ian Foston, chief platform engineer for the Everest.

Now for the pièce de résistance. Customers can choose from three powertrain options namely – a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, single or bi-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels and a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Depending on the model, either a six-speed automatic or ten-speed SelectShift automatic will be available. It will also come in two and four-wheel drive options.

Some of the new driver assist and safety features include:

  • Lane-keeping system with road-edge detection
  • Evasive steer assist
  • Reverse brake assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Blind spot information system with trailer coverage
  • Pre-collision assist with intersection functionality
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centering
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control

Pricing and model specifics have yet to be confirmed for the local market and will be done so closer to market launch.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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