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Everest receives major facelift


FORD'S EVEREST, based on the previous-generation Ranger, has undergone some minor surgery to make it a more appealing package to customers shopping in its segment.

The new Everest features a newly designed front grille, headlamps, fog-lamp bezels and door mirrors. The rear still features a side-hinged rear door. It allows the full-size spare wheel to be mounted on it and also makes it easier to operate for smaller people.

Other exterior enhancements include the addition of a new exterior colour, Copper Red.

The camel interior trim has been scrapped in favour of a darker tone called Basalt. USB and auxiliary input comes standard across the range and cruise control is available as standard on the Limited model.

Three Everest models are available, all powered by Ford’s acclaimed Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. This 3.0-litre turbodiesel powertrain delivers 115kW and 380Nm of torque.

Driving through a five-speed manual transmission, the Ford Everest XLT is available in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise. The Everest LTD is available in 4x4 only with a five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic model features an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, allowing a driver to shift the driving mode from 2WD to 4WD at high driving speeds of up to 100km/h. 
The Ford Everest comes with a comprehensive 4-year/120 000km warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan. Service intervals are 10 000kms.
Pricing for the Everest remains the same as before, but the top-of-the-range LTD has increased in cost from R445 000 to R447 900 due to the inclusion of cruise control.

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