Ford’s local Silverton Assembly Plant, in Pretoria, has begun production of an expanded range of Everest models that will be launched in November.
“The Ford Everest has been a very popular addition to our local line-up, but thus far has only been available in the two high-specification 4×4 models which were fully imported from Thailand,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, FMCSA.
By producing the Everest locally, the range will be expanded by six additional derivatives, bring the total options to eight. The additional six derivatives will offer two engine choices, three trim levels, the option of manual and automatic transmissions, as well as two and four-wheel drive versions.
In addition to the existing 147kW 3.2 TDCi Automatic four-wheel drive derivatives (in XLT and Limited specification levels), there will be a third 4×4 model in the form of the 2.2 TDCi XLS that comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
The more economical 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine (also found in the Ranger) produces 118kW and 385Nm of torque and will be available with a choice of manual or automatic transmission.
Five all-new two-wheel drive Everest models will join the line-up for the first time. This includes a total of four 2.2 TDCi versions in a choice of either manual or automatic, as well as the option of the mid-level XLS trim or the more luxurious XLT. The new 3.2 TDCi XLT Automatic will top the 4×2 range.