Ford Umhlanga patiently awaits the arrival of the Next-Generation Ford Everest, which is Bold on the outside, a Sanctuary on the Inside and Engineered for Adventure with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged, refined and fun to drive SUV.
To highlight this, three grades of the next-gen Everest were presented at reveal: Sport, Titanium+ and a new flagship grade, Platinum. A range of different variants and models will be available, depending on market, to meet the needs of our customers.
Rugged outside, a sanctuary within
Everest’s wider track and longer wheelbase enabled designers to create a more progressive, muscular appearance. Ford’s global design DNA is reflected in the C-clamp headlamps and strong horizontal upper grille bar. The front end also has a mix of horizontal and vertical elements, which add to the stable appearance.
On the sides, there is a strong shoulder line front to back, while the wider track results in a more dramatic swell over the wheels, enhancing the strong and modern look.
One of the first things you will notice when you get into a new Everest is how quiet it is. We have all been in vehicles with multiple rows of seats, where you must twist your head around and almost shout to be heard by passengers in the second or third rows. That is an issue we wanted to solve for Everest, so the interior would be a quiet place in which you can easily talk to your family or friends and enjoy the journey together.
In addition to a more refined and comfortable interior, Ford focused on incorporating the latest connectivity and technology features into the next-gen Everest. Depending on trim level, Everest comes with 8- or 12.4-inch digital instrument panels that replace the traditional analogue clusters. Everest also features large, high-resolution portrait 10.1- or 12-inch touchscreens.
Next-gen Everest is loaded with Ford’s latest SYNC® 4Aiii system, which comes customer-ready with its voice-activated communications, entertainment, and information systems. Also equipped with FordPass which enhances the ownership experience with features like remote start, vehicle status check, and remote lock and unlock functions via your mobile device.
The portrait-orientated screen also is linked to a 360-degree camera with split-view display to make parking a breeze in tight urban spaces or to assist when negotiating particularly tricky terrain while out exploring
New and proven engine line-up
While the new 3.0L turbodiesel V6 spearheads the line-up, next-gen Everest gives customers a choice of engines to suit their lifestyles, including Ford’s proven Single-Turbo and the Bi-Turbo 2.0 inline four-cylinder diesels and a 2.3L EcoBoost petrol engine. Depending on the model, either a six-speed automatic or Ford’s efficient 10-speed SelectShift automatic will be available.
Engineered for adventure
A 50mm increase in next-gen Everest’s track helps deliver a more controlled ride on-road, while tweaks to damper settings allowed the team to inject more fun and control into the Everest’s ride, both on- and off-road. Want to do some exploring? Next-gen Everest is ready to go, with a choice of two four-wheel drive systems, underbody protection and off-road selectable drive modes plus rear locking differential, two functional tow hooks upfront, and upfitter switches for accessories.
Next-gen Ford Everest has a water wading ability up to 800mm and a maximum braked trailer towing capability of up to 3,500kg (braked)vi, while space in the engine bay allows for a second battery to power aftermarket accessories. Everest’s impressive towing capability is supported by smart technologies that make towing easier.
The new integrated or stand-off roof rails are more than just a design detail; they are engineered for adventure. The Everest rooftop can now support static loads of up to 350kg and dynamic loads of up to 100kg. Confidence-inspiring driver assist technologies
A new far-side airbag positioned between the driver and front passenger provides additional protection in the event of a side impact. Depending on the variant and the market, the addition of the far-side airbag and dual knee airbags brings the number of airbags up to nine, including front driver and passenger, dual seat side thorax airbags and dual side curtain airbags which cover all three rows, depending on the variant and the market.
Next-gen Everest’s matrix LED head lamps, available on selected models by market, offer greater visibility thanks to a raft of clever features, including auto dynamic levelling and speed-dependent lighting that can adjust the intensity of the beam in front of the vehicle depending on the vehicle’s speed. The head lamps also offer both static and dynamic bending capability as well as glare-free high-beams, which help provide maximum visibility for the driver without dazzling other road users.
Added to Everest is Ford’s adaptive cruise control system, available in three versions depending on market and model.
1. Adaptive cruise control with stop and start allows drivers to maintain a pre-set speed and distance from the car ahead and will even bring the car to a complete stop if required.
1. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centering can detect lane markings and help keep the vehicle centred in the lane.
2. Intelligent adaptive cruise control also adds speed sign recognition that can automatically adjust vehicle speed to the posted speed limit.
Additionally, enhanced driver assists and safety features available in the Next-Gen Everest include:
1. New: Lane-keeping system with road-edge detection, which helps keep the Everest from drifting from the carriageway on rural roads.
1. Update: Evasive steer assist, designed to operate at city and motorway speeds, which uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to manoeuvre around a vehicle if a collision is imminent.
2. Added: Reverse brake assist helps drivers to reverse into parking spots and other tight spaces by providing audible and visual warnings. It can detect a vehicle crossing or a cyclist or pedestrian behind the vehicle too. The system can even bring the Everest to a complete stop if the driver does not react in time.
3. New – Blind spot information system with trailer coverage monitors blind spots around the vehicle and trailer and alerts the driver of any perceived hazards. The system supports trailers up to 2.4 metres wide and 10 metres long.
4. Enhanced – Pre-collision assist with intersection functionality, which can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of accidents if the driver is turning across the path of oncoming traffic and the system determines an imminent collision
To view the global reveal video of the next-gen Everest, visit Ford South Africa’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/8bz6q8JnY3M
Contact Ford Umhlanga on 031 538 6200 to find out more. Visit 115 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe.