The proud Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has improved its Everest seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) line-up with the a new XLT 4x4 derivative powered by the impressive and frugal 2.0-litre Single Turbo engine in addition, also in partnership with Ford’s advanced and mightily impressive 10-speed automatic transmission.
All while the Everest’s lighting technology has also been tweaked and enhanced, with the exciting introduction of high-tech LED headlamps that you will find standard on all XLT models, along with the range-topping Everest Limited.
Doreen Mashinini, The General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), said that, “The Ford Everest remains one of the best equipped, most capable and versatile vehicles in its segment, and these characteristics are especially true of the New Everest that was launched last year,” and that “The new-generation 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines brought even greater refinement, performance and fuel economy to the range, so we are delighted to be increasing our line-up to seven models with the launch of the new Everest XLT 2.0-litre Single Turbo 4x4.” “This new derivative slots in perfectly between the existing XLT 4x2 with the same 2.0 Single Turbo engine and the powerful 157kW 2.0 Bi-Turbo derivatives, thereby offering the ideal combination of sure-footed all-terrain capability along with exceptional fuel consumption and superb value for money,” Mashinini adds. “We have also enhanced the lighting specification of all Everest XLT and Limited models, which now feature LED headlamps as standard along with LED daytime running lights and automatic headlamp levelling,” she says. “This further improves safety when driving at night due to the exceptional lighting performance and accuracy of the latest LED technology. Daytime visibility is also improved with the inclusion of the distinctive LED daytime running lights.”
This new model is equipped with the exact same 2.0 Single Turbo diesel engine that initially powered the Ford Ranger to the Double Cab class victory in the WesBank Fuel Economy Tour last year back in 2019. It produces and astonishing 132kW of power and 420Nm of torque available from 1 750 to 2 500 r/min – with up to a solid 340Nm available from as low as only 1 250 r/min.
Same as all the other models equipped with the new 2.0-litre engines, the newest addition flaunts Ford’s popular 10-speed automatic transmission. It presents an electronic control system with real-time adaptive shift-scheduling, engineered to assist you in selecting the right gear at the right time, along with skip-shift and direct downshift capabilities. This allows the transmission to adapt quickly enough to changing conditions, permitting the optimal gear to be selected in order to achieve maximum performance, fuel-efficiency and refinement to fit any driving scenario.
The highly advanced-tech transmission add in Progressive Range Select (PRS), which grants the driver the capacity to lock out gears from the automatic shifting range. This offers much greater control when driving, when towing or in slippery conditions, as well as when climbing steep inclines.
In 4x4 guise, the Everest is dependent on a stable four-wheel drive system that promises optimal grip and control in every road or weather condition. It also flaunts off a refined yet exceptionally simple to use Terrain Management System, accessed via a rotary dial next to the gear lever to engage the multiple drive modes: Normal, Mud, Rock Crawl and Sand. This initiative system fits the engine and drivetrain according to the terrain by adjusting the throttle response, traction control and gear selection, along with the engagement of high or low-range, with a standard rear differential lock further helping traction on uneven and challenging surfaces.
In the XLT trim, the exceptional Everest has a fairly impressive set of comfort, safety and convenience features as standard, plus Passive Entry and Passive Start (PEPS) with keyless unlocking and push-button starting. Front and rear parking sensors are offered as well as being linked to an integrated rearview camera to make parking the vehicle in even the smallest of spaces an easy task.
The notable standard safety package across the whole line-up includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system with Traction Control (TC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) on the 4x4 models Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Load Adaptive control (LAC) and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM). A full Category 1 Thatcham-specification alarm is also standard on all Everest models for greater anti-theft security.
The smart SYNC®3 with Navigation is standard on the XLT and Limited models, paired to the integrated eight-inch touch-screen colour display, plus two USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity. The system claims fully-featured embedded navigation, convenient multi-touch gestures (such as swipe, slide, scroll and pinch-to-zoom), along with voice recognition that uses easy, real-world voice commands. SYNC®3 also grants the advantages of smartphone integration brought through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Model Range and Recommended Retail Prices:
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x2 R552 500
2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x2 R637 800
2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x4 R679 400
2.0 BiT XLT 10AT 4x2 R693 300
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4 R715 300
2.0 BiT XLT 10AT 4x4 R744 500
2.0 BiT Limited 10AT 4x4 R819 400
All mentioned models come standard with Ford Protect, including a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and a helpful five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000km service plan is also included, with 15 000km service intervals.