Ever since the refreshed 2020 Ford Everest came out last year in the Philippine market, the American automaker always touted the convenient once-a-year preventive maintenance interval of its popular midsize truck-based SUV/pick-up based passenger vehicle (PPV). Ever wondered how Ford was able to achieve this?
At a virtual Q&A session after the virtual launch of the new Ford Everest Sport, Mr. PK Umashankar, President and Managing Director of Ford Group Philippines says that this has to do with how the new 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel engines were engineered. Ford’s powertrain team was able to create better components—such as the oil filters—that only require maintenance once a year or every 10,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
For perspective, the pre-facelift Everest with its 2.2-liter inline-4 or 3.2-liter inline-5 Duratorq turbodiesel engines required maintenance every 6 months or 10,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
Mr. Umashankar says that even though the kilometer interval remains the same for the new EcoBlue engines, this is still very much convenient for owners since most of them do not drive their Ford Everests beyond 10,000 kilometers within a year.
It also must be noted that the new 2.0-liter EcoBlue single and bi-turbo diesel engines are also fitted in various Ranger variants. Parts sharing between the two vehicles enable easier access to spare parts along with reduced costs. Oh, and if you are also curious, the once-a-year maintenance interval also applies to the Ranger variants fitted with this engine, such as the Wildtrak 4×2, Wildtrak 4×4, and Raptor.
The 2020 Ford Everest’s once-a-year preventive maintenance interval should also prove to be advantageous during pandemics. Owners only need to visit a Ford dealer once a year, meaning that the chance of being infected by the coronavirus is greatly reduced.
Further making ownership easier for prospective Ford Everest Sport owners is the American automaker’s free 3-year preventive maintenance plan. This exclusive promo is only available until May 31, 2020.
Dressed up in a more aggressive blacked-out exterior design, the new 2020 Ford Everest Sport sits nicely in between the Trend and Titanium 4×2 variants. It is priced at P1,868,000–a price point that Mr. Umashankar says makes up about 40 percent of the midsize SUV/PPV sales.