Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2013

Everest makes ideal family car league

The Ford brand is a well known American brand that is close to many consumers and specifically, the is Everest happens to be one out of the many models among them. Everest is designed to be the ultimate recreational vehicle with the comfort and safety features required of a family car and the off -road competencies of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

A number of upgrades have recently been made to the Everest resulting in an even more appealing package. “Combining rugged off -road ability and the luxury of a seven-seat configuration, the Everest is not only the perfect family vehicle but is ideally suited to most environment and our general sense of adventure.”

The seven-seater SUV boasts bold styling that has been further enhanced. A newly designed front grille is complemented by subtle modifications to the front bumper, the headlamps, fog lamp bezels and door mirrors while the quarter back windows have also been enhanced.

Wheel arch flares give the Everest a muscular stance, while its ready-for-adventure character is further defined by the full size spare wheel mounted on the tailgate and high mounted taillight clusters that increase visibility and lend a more premium status to the SUV.

The Ford Everest is unique in its segment in that it features a side-hinged rear door that allows full-size spare wheel to be mounted on it, and also makes it easier to operate for smaller people. It opens up the tallest and widest cargo area in the class when the third row of seats is folded.

Other exterior enhancements include the addition of a new exterior colour, Copper Red. Cabin enhancements see the interior trim change from camel to a darker tone called Basalt (black), perfect for family outings and outdoor excursions.

USB and auxiliary input comes standard across the range, and cruise control is available as standard in the limited model. Three models of the Everest are available, all powered by Ford’s acclaimed Duratorq TDCi diesel engine.

The TDCi engine delivers quick response, produces strong torque at low revs, offers highly refined characteristics and is fuel efficient with low running costs. The 3.0-litre engine employs advanced injection technology intercooler and variable-geometry turbo-charging to reduce turbo lag and improve overall performance.

Plenty of available torque makes it highly responsive to the driver’s need and gives the Everest ample grunt. The 115kW 3.0-litre delivers 380Nm peak torque at 1800rpm. At 3000rpm, Everest’s 3.0-litre TDCi diesel proves its flexibility in delivering more than 350Nm.

Driving through a five-speed manual transmission; the Ford Everest XLT is available in either 4×2 or 4×4 guise. The Everest LTD is available in 4×4 only with a five speed automatic transmission. The automatic model features an electronic shift -on-the-fly system, allowing a driver to shift the driving mode from 2WD to 4WD at high driving speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Depending on the region and in the United States for instance, the Ford Everest comes with a five year/ 90,000 kilometre service plan and a comprehensive four year/120,000 kilometre warranty with service intervals of 10,000 kilometres. Customers will also benefit from three years of Roadside Assistance and a five year corrosion warranty as part of the Ford Everest package.

In terms of free off-road driver training, the Everest is a fantastic family vehicle that offers comfort, safety, off-road competence and practicality. Due to cruise control being added as standard, the Everest 3.0 TDCi LTD 4×4 Auto has increased including E Tax and VAT. All other prices remain the same.

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