New seven seat SUV to take on Toyota Prado and start from $55,000
The highly anticipated Ford Everest seven-seat SUV will cost from $55,000 when it goes on sale locally in October and will join the EcoSport, Kuga and Territory in Ford’s local SUV family. Developed in Australia at a cost of $2 billion and based on the newly refreshed Ranger pick-up, the Everest range will consist of three specification levels: the entry level Everest from $54,990, the mid-spec Everest Trend from $60,990 and the top of the range Everest Titanium from $76,990.
Ford is boldly targeting the Everest at Toyota’s ever popular Prado and says the Everest offers consumers a number of key advantages over its Japanese rival. These include a 3,000 kilo towing capacity, Ford’s Emergency Assistance system that automatically dials 000 in a crash, active noise cancellation for a more car-like driving experience, automatic high beam, a Wi-Fi hotspot and Ford’s SYNC voice control system.
The Trend version also features a power tailgate, blind spot monitoring, a lane keeping system and adaptive cruise control with heads-up display. The more expensive Titanium adds an automatic parking system, leather trim with heated seats, HID headlamps and satellite navigation.
A single drivetrain is available: a 3.2 litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine that produces 143 kW @ 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm @ 1,750-2,500 rpm mated a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined fuel consumption is quoted at 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle.
Although based on a pick -up, the Everest is designed to offer a better on and offroad compromise, and more adventurous customers will also appreciate the Everest’s genuine off-road ability with full0time four-wheel drive, a multi-mode terrain management system with snow/mud/grass, sand and rock modes, electronic locking rear differential, hill start assist and hill descent control and a wading depth of 800mm.
“The Everest SUV represents the very best of Ford’s Australian design and engineering capabilities,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford’s President and CEO. “Our customers have been waiting for this smart and highly capable SUV but what they didn’t expect was the level of technology, standard features and contemporary design. It is a high-tech SUV built for adventure, with a perfect blend of strength and style.”