Ford has taken the wraps off the 2015 Ford Everest at the 2015 Bangkok motor show in Thailand, ahead of the vehicle's local launch.
The Australian designed and engineered Everest, which will be built in Rayong, Thailand, debuts with a number of class-leading safety and entertainment features, and will come with the option of two diesel engines at launch.
The exterior of the Everest features a rugged design with a focus on practicality. LED running lights, along with bi-xenon headlights, feature on some models, while the front-end design mimics the facelifted Ford Ranger ute, which was also revealed at the Bangkok motor show.
Inside the cabin, the rugged Ford SUV boasts a number of first-in-class features, including a 10-speaker sound system with subwoofer mated to the company's SYNC2 entertainment system. Other noteworthy features include: power third row seating, semi-automatic parking, a power tailgate, noise cancelling and a panoramic glass sunroof.
Safety features include roll stability control, electronic stability control, curve control (torque vectoring by braking), blind spot information system and cross traffic alert. Semi-automatic parking is designed to help the Everest offer practicality in city conditions where visibility may hamper with tight parking.
“With its safe and smart features, a refined interior and outstanding on-road and off-road capabilities, the new Ford Everest sets a new standard in the medium SUV segment and represents a compelling addition to our global lineup of SUVs in ASEAN markets,” said Richard Tilley, vehicle line director, Ford Asia Pacific.
“Taking advantage of our global design and development expertise, and our proud heritage in the utility segment, we’ve created a vehicle that goes far beyond customer expectations.”
The Everest uses a body-on-frame construction with coil spring front and rear suspension, with a Watt's linkage on the rear axle. These features are expected to give the Everest a more car-like feel on the road, where the Ranger ute upon which it's based has a leaf-spring rear suspension setup.
Built to be capable in tough conditions off-road, the Everest uses a terrain management system, which gives drivers the ability to switch between four presets — normal, snow/gravel/grass, sand and rock. The four-wheel-drive system then automatically switches to an appropriate four-wheel drive and traction control mode to match the terrain.
For extreme off-road scenarios, the driver can also manually lock the transfer case in low-range four-wheel drive mode for added flexibility. Everest retains Ranger's 800mm wading depth and comes with a slightly lower 225mm ground clearance (compared to 230mm in the Ranger).
Everest will launch with two diesel engines, a six-speed automatic transmission and manual transmission options.
Ford's renowned 147kW and 470Nm five-cylinder 3.2-litre Duratorq turbocharged diesel is expected to take most of the sales, while the smaller 2.2-litre Duratorq four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, which produces 118kW of power and 385Nm of torque, will account for the rest.
“The new Ford Everest represents an epic commitment on the part of the Ford Motor Company to meet and exceed high customer expectations,” said Tilley.
“From the very beginning we set aggressive targets, and with the Ford Everest we have truly raised the bar for this type of vehicle in design and capability, with advanced technologies for a smarter, safer and more capable vehicle.”
Ford Australia is yet to confirm a local launch date for Everest. It's likely to follow Ranger in quarter three or four of this year, or possibly early in 2016.
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