Ford South Africa have launched the expanded Everest model line-up comprising a total of eight derivatives available with two engine choices, three specification levels, manual and automatic transmissions, as well as the option of two or four-wheel drive.
The two models launched in September last year, the 3.2 XLT and Limited 4×4 models, were built in Thailand but now localised assembly sees these two and six new derivatives all produced in South Africa.
The new 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine has an output of 118kW, produces 385Nm of torque and is fitted to five all-new versions in XLS or XLT trim.
The 2.2 XLS is available in three versions, comprising a two-wheel drive derivative with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. The third 2.2 XLS is four-wheel drive and this 4×4 is equipped with manual transmission, an active transfer case with high and low range, a rear differential lock and Torque on Demand.
The Everest 2.2 XLS 4×4 also has a raised ground clearance of 225mm and a substantial 800mm wading depth.
The higher-specification Everest 2.2 in XLT comes in two-wheel drive form with either manual or automatic transmissions.
As before, the two top-end models are both matched to Ford’s intelligent four-wheel drive system, automatic gearbox and 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers 147kW and 470Nm of torque, in either XLT or range-topping Limited specification. This 3.2-litre engine is also found in the new 3.2 XLT 4×2 derivative.
Alloy wheels are common across the range, with 17-inch rims on the XLS, attractive 18-inch units on the XLT and striking 20-inch versions on the Limited.
“Our new and much broader line-up for the Ford Everest meets the need for high-value mid-range models, which dominate the sales in this segment,” Delate says. “Buyers now also have the option of manual or automatic transmissions, as well as 4×2 or 4×4 models to suit their specific needs.
Along with the launch of the new derivatives Ford’s latest-generation SYNC®3 entertainment system, fitted as standard on all XLT and Limited models, will be available in South Africa for the first time. It includes a total of 10 speakers and two USB ports for multimedia connectivity.
SYNC®1 remains the entry-level system on the XLS models, and offers Bluetooth with Voice Activation, plus mobile and multimedia device integration.
Other technologies fitted as standard on the Ford Everest include Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist and Trailer Sway Control.
Further safety features encompass dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags. A driver’s knee airbag is standard on the XLT and Limited, and optional on the XLS.
All three specification grades include rear parking sensors linked to a full colour rear view parking camera on the 4-inch display for the XLS or the 8-inch touch screen for XLT and Limited – the latter also featuring front parking sensors.
Ford MyKey is standard on the XLT and Limited, enabling vehicle owners to programme a variety of functions into a secondary key, such as a maximum speed limit, audio volume limit, and to prevent the ESP system from being deactivated.
Smart and safe driving technologies exclusive to the Everest Limited include Adaptive Cruise Control with Heads Up Display, Forward Alert, Collision Mitigation and Distance Alert.
Hands-free parallel or perpendicular parking manoeuvres are easily completed courtesy of Active Park Assist, while the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert informs drivers when there is a vehicle in their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots.
Additionally, the Limited is equipped with Xenon headlamps with Auto High Beam Control, distinctive LED daytime running lights, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, a useful 230-volt power inverter and the spectacular dual panel power moon roof.
A powered rear tailgate and an option to fold the third-row seats automatically also feature on the Limited.
Ford Everest 2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4×2: R453 900
Ford Everest 2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4×2: R470 900
Ford Everest 2.2 TDCi XLT 6MT 4×2: R478 900
Ford Everest 2.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×2: R495 900
Ford Everest 2.2 TDCi XLS 6MT 4×4: R529 900
Ford Everest 3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×2: R554 900
Ford Everest 3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×4: R634 900
Ford Everest 3.2 TDCi Limited 6AT 4×4: R698 900