- Eight models, three specs – XLS, XLT, Limited
- 2.2 or 3.2 TDCi engines, manual or auto, 4×2 or 4×4
- Latest Sync comms/entertainment technology
PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford’s Everest seven-seater SUV, thanks to the start of local production for South Africa and export into sub-Saharan Africa, is now offering a broader model range and, the automaker says, “better value for money than ever before”.
There are now eight derivatives, two engine choices, three spec levels, manual or auto transmission, and two- or all-wheel drive. The two earlier models were assembled in Thailand.
Tracey Delate, marketing general manager with Ford Sub-Sahara, told The Corner: “The Ford Everest seven-seater SUV created a huge stir when launched as an import in September 2015 through its outstanding sophistication, luxury, all-terrain performance and versatility.
“Today (Nov 2 2016), with an investment of R2.5-billion in our plant in Silverton, eastern Pretoria, we’re launching the locally produced Everest. It will be with Ford dealers this month as a bigger and better line-up for a much wider range of customers.”
Prices will range from R453 900 to R698 900.
This, Ford says, will be the first local Everest with the Sync3 communications and entertainment; with the two original high-spec 3.2 XLT and Limited 4×4 units, local assembly will add six derivatives – 2.2-litre XLS or XLT and the option of a 3.2 XLT 4×2.
Delate explained: “Our new, much broader, line-up meets a need for the high-value mid-range units which dominate this segment. Customers will have a choice of manual or auto transmission and 4×2 or 4×4 drive with seven seats, impressive standard specification, great performance and outstanding value for money.”
Here’s more detail:
The 2.2 XLS will come in three versions: two-wheel drive with a six-speed manual gearbox or SelectShift six-speed auto, the latter with Sport or Manual modes.
Then there’s the Everest 2.2 XLS with permanent all-wheel drive, a transfer case with high/low range, a rear differential lock and Torque on Demand to deliver optimum traction. This is bolstered by the 22.5cm of ground clearance and 800mm water wading depth.
Each 4×4 unit will have ‘terrain management’ – four driving modes, Normal, Mud, Sand and Rock Crawl invoked through a rotary switch adjacent to the gear-shifter. There’s also a higher-spec Everest 2.2 XLT in two-wheel drive, manual or auto.
New to the Everest family is a 4×2 XLT version of the 3.2-litre with a six-speed autobox for customers who don’t do extreme off-road – perhaps caravaning is more to their taste.
As before, the two top models have Ford’s ‘intelligent’ all-wheel drive, automatic gearbox and impressive 3.2-litre engine in either XLT or range-topping Limited spec.
Alloy wheel-rims apply across the range, 17″ on the XLS, 18″ on the XLT and 20″ on the Limited.
Sync3 will be standard on XLT and Limited units with 10 speakers and two USB ports thought Sync1 will remain on entry and XLS models but still with voice-activated Bluetooth and mobile and multimedia device integration.
Traction systems standard will be stability control, traction control, hill-start assistance and trailer-sway control and passenger protection items will include two front crash bags, side and full-length bags, and another to cover the driver’s legs – according to model..
All spec grades include rear parking sensors and a colour rear-view parking camera on the 10cm display for the XLS or 20cm touch screen for XLT and Limited. Further driving aids include adaptive cruise-control, a head-up display, forward collision alert, collision mitigation and a proximity alert.
Hands-free parallel or perpendicular parking is easy with the parking assistant; blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts are also present. Also variously fitted are xenon headlights, auto high/low beam, diode daytime lights, tyre-pressure monitors, 230V power inverter and a dual-panel motorised sky roof.
Power operation exists to top the tail hatch and drop the third row of seats.
Load volume is 1050 litres (third-row seats folded), expanding to 2010 litres with all but the front seats dropped.
The new Ford Everest shares its Duratorq turbodiesel engine range with the Ford Ranger, engines assembled at the Ford’s Struandale engine plant in Port Elizabeth.
ALL BOXES SIX-SPREED
New to the range is a 2.2-litre four which makes 118kW / 385Nm (the latter from 1500 to 2500rpm; the five-cylinder 3.2 turbodiesel still tops the charts with 147kW / 470Nm..
Both versions are rated to tow 3000kg.
This is the 2016 Ford Everest expanded model range. All gearboxes, manual and auto, are six-speed.
Prices range from R453 900 to R698 900 for the…
2.2 TDCi XLS 4×2
2.2 TDCi XLS a/t 4×2
2.2 TDCi XLS 4×4
2.2 TDCi XLT 4×2
2.2 TDCi XLT a/t 4×2
3.2 TDCi XLT a/t 4×2
3.2 TDCi XLT a/t 4×4
3.2 TDCi Limited a/t 4×4
Each will be delivered with a four-year or 120 000km warranty, five-year or 100 000km service plan, three-year unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year rust-through warranty.
Service intervals 20 000km; each AWD drive unit wil include a 4×4 driving course.