After previewing the Ford Everest at the Manila International Auto Show, Ford Group Philippines has now finally launched the all-new from the ground up, Ford Everest, a midsize body on frame SUV that aims to raise the bar in its segment in literally every aspect imaginable.
In a market where affordable body on frame SUVs are almost considered a necessity, no thanks to our not so good road conditions and floods that sink the Philippines every rainy season, a good, or perhaps, excellent, body on frame midsize SUV is key for a company’s sales to grow. Names like the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and now, the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Isuzu MU-X twins, are a common sight in Philippine roads. Ford has to do something game changing to really draw people away from the competition. Starting with exterior design. The high trim 3.2 Titanium 4×4 (with Premium Pack) variant includes cutting edge features such as HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, Active Park Assist (which parks the Everest automatically in parallel parking situations), Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control (maintains speed and distance to the car in front, even to a full stop) Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation System, and a plethora of other high tech driver assist systems found on its higher end brother, the Ford Explorer.
Inside, the game changing development theme around the Ford Everest continues. For the Titanium variant with the Premium Pack, you don’t have to burn calories in order to fold down the third row seats, as these are power folding, and the same goes to the Everest’s trunk. In the driver’s seat, two LCD displays replace the traditional tachometer, and in the middle, a single speedometer. Almost everything the Ford Explorer has is now equipped in the much more affordable Ford Everest. Interior materials have also been well thought out, making the Ford Explorer the most upmarket feeling body on frame SUV in the market right now. Soft touch plastics surround the dashboard, including some stitching details, which I believe are faux. Not everything is a welcome change though. If you’ve loathed Ford’s MyFordTouch, it is now equipped as standard on all but the base Ambiente. SYNC 2 is equipped to all but the base Ambiente, which does the Bluetooth and other connectivity features via SYNC 1. Models with SYNC 2 also include Active Noise Cancellation, apart from the already thick sound insulation Ford has placed all around the SUV in order to create a plush and luxurious travelling experience. Cutting edge and refined is truly the adjective that is well associated with the new Ford Everest.
With all these smart safety and convenience features, you’d think that the Ford Everest has gone soft right? Nope. Not at all! If any, the Ford Everest has gotten much tougher than before. Over the previous generation, the Ford Everest has gotten much more powerful, now acquiring the Ford Ranger’s pair of diesel engines. The 2.2 Duratorq 4-cylinder diesel with 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque, and the 3.2 Duratorq 5-cylinder diesel with 200 hp and 470 Nm of torque remains, but with slight revisions to make the engine more refined and more reliable. With 225 mm of ground clearance and 800 mm of water wading capability, see the world go down while you are enjoying the premium environment and features the Ford Everest has to offer. Off-roading has never been as easy as this. The Ford Everest Titanium 3.2 4×4 is equipped with Terrain Management System. Just a flick of the rotary knob is enough to let the system be at its best depending if what type of surface the Everest is traversing. Torque on Demand ensures that torque is distributed in the appropriate wheel that has the most grip. Hill Descent Control, a feature used to be exclusive in higher end SUVs and crossovers (such as the Forester 2.0 XT) is now equipped in the 4×4 Titanium model of the Ford Everest.
The Ford Everest aims to be simply the best midsize body on frame SUV in the segment. With so much cutting edge features, refinement, and capability, it is without a doubt Ford has another winner here. The prices are spot on (listed below) and with so much toys to play with, having the Ford Everest as your next purchase. you simply are spoiled with so much high tech features and other features totally unheard of in this segment.
- Ambiente 2.2 4×2 M/T: P 1,339,000
- Ambiente 2.2 4×2 A/T: P 1,399,000
- Trend 2.2 4×2 A/T: P 1,539,000
- Titanium 2.2 4×2 A/T: P 1,639,000
- Titanium 3.2 4×4 A/T: P 1,899,000
- Titanium+ (Premium Pack) 3.2 4×4 A/T: P 1,999,000
The Premium Pack Adds The Following
- HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, Auto-leveling and Headlamp Washer
- 8-way Power Adjustable Passenger Seat (Apart from the Driver’s Seat, which is already equipped as standard with 4-Way Adjust in Ambiente and 8-Way in Trend and Titanium)
- Power Folding Third-Row Seat
- Power Liftgate
- 240-volt inverter
- Panoramic Sunroof
- Heads-Up Display
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Collision Mitigation
- Active Park Assist