The Everest is a body on frame rugged 7-seater SUV sharing the under pinings of the Ranger released earlier this year. There are six derivatives in the updated range spanning from the 2.2 TDCI XLS 4X2 priced at R499 900 to the range-topping Limited 4×4 coming in at R761 200. The latter packs the new 157 kW 500Nm 2.0 Bi-Turbo and 10speed automatic drivetrain and engine offered in the Ranger, which Ford claims to give great towing capability.
We tested the Everest on a 600 km adventure, traversing the northern part of Botswana from Maun to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and back through the Moremi game reserve, navigating steep tracks of sand, rocks, water obstacles and the odd herd of elephant. All proved to be of little challenge to the Everest’s capabilities easing through the veld without breaking a sweat. The 225 mm ground clearance gives the confidence to clear rocks and other objects sans the cacophony of undercarriage scratches and dings. Topping off the all-around performance whilst cruising on the open road we averaged a smidgen under 8.5 liters/100km, an impressive feat for a car of this size and a nod of approval to new drive train which was effortlessly seamless in execution.
The interior offers subtle amendments from the previous model upping the premium quality akin to the Ranger. The upgraded SYNC3 infotainment system works a charm and will offer acoustic assistance on any odd long-haul family sing-along. There is even dual climate control to keep the peace on those ever taxing aircon battles and for the rear, knee clearing leg room for your taller passengers is acceptable too.
There is a saying that in Africa that we get paid in sunrises and sunsets and with the Everest, you’ll be inspired to go out, explore and find both, a past time Ford wants you to do. The Everest will give any city slicker the license to escape and evoke the inner African explorer on those hard-earned breaks coupled with peace of mind.
Taking on the Toyota Fortuner in a market segment which the Fortuner has been dominating year on year. It will continue to prove to be a mountainous effort to ascend but the new Everest is serious that with its new packaging it has the right climbing equipment to conquer the challenge. We eagerly wait to see.
Updated Ford Everest Pricing:
2.2 TDCI XLS 6AT 4X2 R499 900
2.0 TURBO XLT 10AT 4X2 R584 900
2.0 BI TURBO XLT 4X2 R624 100
3.2 TDCI XLT 6AT 4X4 R644 000
2.0 BI TURBO XLT 10AT 4X4 R687 700
2.0 BI TURBO LIMITED 10AT 4X4 R761 200
In a nutshell –
Small improvements boost an already strong package
Still out-sold by arch-rival Toyota Fortuner
Engine: 1 996 cc, 4-cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 157 kW @ 3 750 rpm, 500 Nm @ 1 500 – 2 000 rpm
0-100 km/h: n/a
Top speed: n/a
Economy: 7.6 l/100 km (claimed)
Transmission: 10-speed auto, four-wheel drive
CO2 emissions: 201 g/km
Price: R687 700