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Ford launches all-new Everest SUV with style, comfort and power to spare

Ford launches all-new Everest SUV with style, comfort and power to spare

Ford launched one of the first SUVs built on a modern pickup platform with the original Everest back in 2003. Everest represented a major advance when Ford’s regional competitors were still selling Asian Utility Vehicles. Now, Ford is launching an all-new Everest that once again seeks to redefine the category in terms of design, performance, comfort, and safety.

Design

Everest features the brand’s new take on the “Built Ford Tough” motif. Up front are the large C-clamp headlamps and distinctive horizontal bar across the grille. The sides are prominently sculpted, with the portion below the greenhouse bulging out to emphasize the widened track. If at a glance, you appreciate the burly yet sleek vibe, that’s exactly what Ford’s designers were aiming for.

“We showed customers the Everest at several points during the design process, and their feedback was consistent: They loved the exterior with the strong and rugged design, but they also thought it was sleek and modern,” said Max Wolff, design director for China and Ford’s International Markets Group (IMG). “They said that the Everest would give them the confidence to go off-road; it looks like a proper SUV.”

Interior

Inside, the industrial theme carries over, with strong blocky shapes surrounding a prominent portrait-oriented screen. Look closer and the design is softened by premium materials, ambient lighting, and ergonomic touches throughout. Ford says that the interior aims to act as a sanctuary from the outside world. Ford promises class-leading levels of quietness and refinement.

This is particularly important in what is primarily a family vehicle. “One of the first things you’ll notice when you get into a new Everest is how quiet it is,” Wolff said. “We’ve all been in vehicles with multiple rows of seats, where you have to twist your head around and almost shout to be heard by passengers in the second or third rows. That’s 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.”

The Everest retains the seven-seat, three-row configuration of its predecessors. The second row slides further forward for easier access. The third row can split-fold 50:50 with available push-button activation. Second and third rows can be folded flat to increase cargo space.

The luggage area features a lip called the “apple catcher” to stop cargo from falling out when the tailgate is opened. There’s also an underfloor storage area.

Technology

The Everest’s gauge panel is an all-digital display that replaces traditional analog units. These measure 8 inches or 12.3 inches in the higher variants. The displays complement the large, portrait-size secondary control panel in the center. It’s like having an iPad (10.1 inches) or iPad Pro (12 inches) to select and control secondary functions. The large screen also allows for 360-degree camera display with split-view, ideal for parking or tight maneuvering.

The infotainment continues to use Ford’s Sync system with voice-command functions. A factory-fitted modem allows linking with an app for remote start, remote lock and unlock via mobile device.

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Power

Everest will pack an available 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. Other options will be a single-turbo or twin-turbo version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel. These will be mated to either a six-speed automatic or the 10-speed SelectShift automatic.

Chassis

The third-generation Ford Everest featured a comfortable ride thanks to a platform that was substantially reengineered from its pickup sibling. The all-new Everest promises even better handling and ride quality, thanks to the widened track. For going offroad, there’s a front camera view and easily displayable vehicle functions such as driveline mode and differential mode status, vehicle roll and pitch angles.

Wading depth is maintained at 800mm, and there’s space in the engine bay for a second battery for aftermarket accessories. The rooftop can support a static load 350kg, enough for a tent, and dynamic load of 100kg, enough for bikes, canoes, or luggage box.

Safety

Active safety is a highlight of the all-new Everest. There’s adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, where the car can automatically maintain distance from the car ahead and even stop completely if needed. There’s lane-keep assist, and evasive-steer assist to help the driver avoid obstacles. Blind-spot warning and pre-collision assist with intersection functionality helps the driver to avoid collisions.