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Ford unveils proper Fortuner rival with Everest


WE LIKE what we’re seeing from Ford at the moment and the new Everest that was recently revealed has piqued our interests. The Everest is a seven-seat SUV that the American auto giant will release in 2015 to the South African market.

The looks

If the looks are anything to go by, the Everest should prove to be quite a rugged machine. There are hints of its Ford DNA as we see design cues first used in the EcoSport and Kuga models. It has been designed to be a proper off-road vehicle with a body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains.

Off-road matters

It will also feature an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand, Terrain Management System, and best-in-class ground clearance of 225mm with water-wading capability of 800mm.

The Terrain Management System gives drivers four preset settings: Normal/Snow/Gravel/Grass/Sand and Rock. The settings alter the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel-drive system and traction control systems. In terms of road driving it features a coil spring front and rear suspension and a Watt’s linkage on the rear axle, which is said to provide good on-road manners.


The new model gets the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity solution, SYNC 2, which allows for the driver to 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 touchscreen with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

New technology

The new Ford Everest also offers a number of segment-first technologies, including Curve Control, designed to help drivers maintain control when approaching turns too quickly; Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert.

The vehicle also offers Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert with Collision Mitigation, Roll Stability Control and an Electronic Stability Programme that works with traction control to help the driver stay in control. To reduce parking anxiety, 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 seven airbags, help to keep occupants safe in the event of a collision.


There is a range of three petrol and diesel engines, which have been paired with either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. First in the line-up is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-scroll EcoBoost petrol engine. The oilburner in the range is the 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine, with upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system to boost efficiency. The other diesel in the range is the 2.2-litre Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel.

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