Sime Darby Auto Connexion has officially launched the all-new Ford Everest into the market. The SUV, which shares the same platform as the Ranger, is available here in two variants – the base 2.2 Trend 4×2 and the top-of-the-range 3.2 Titanium 4×4.
In terms of pricing, the former is priced at RM198,888 while the latter costs RM258,888. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. The SUV is now available at all Ford dealerships nationwide.
On the dimensions front, the Everest measures 4,893 mm in length, 1,862 mm in width and 1,836 mm in height, and has a generous wheelbase of 2,850 mm. With a ground clearance of 225 mm and a 800 mm water wading depth, the vehicle certainly boasts a go-anywhere attitude.
Under the hood, the Everest shares the same engine and drivetrain as the Ranger, with the base variant featuring the 2.2-litre Duratorq four-cylinder turbodiesel engine packing 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque. The Everest 3.2, on the other hand, is powered by the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel mill that develops 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift.
The 4×4 variant is equipped with Ford’s Terrain Management System (TMS), which alters the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, four-wheel drive system and traction control for off-road excursions. Said system offers four pre-set modes: Normal, Snow/Mud/Grass, Sand and Rock.
The variant also gets locking rear differential, a transfer case with Torque on Demand, as well as Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) that alters the level of steering assistance based on vehicle speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration. The latter is also available in the 2.2 variant.
Equipment-wise, the Everest 3.2 gets HID headlamps with washer and metalised bezel, auto headlamp levelling with DRLs, auto wipers, chrome exterior mirrors and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/50 tyres. The 2.2 variant settles with halogen projector headlamps, and 18-inch wheels with 265/60-section tyres.
The cabin is packed with plenty of new features, including a 230V power socket that can be used to power a laptop, and a power-fold third-row seating that creates extra space at a touch of button. Both variants get dual-zone air conditioning, air heater, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, electronic parking brake, and a sunvisor, though the range-topping Everest 3.2 adds leather upholstery, ambient lighting, electrochromic rearview mirror and rear air con control.
For infotainment, the Everest 2.2 is kitted with a 4.2-inch colour display with Ford SYNC Gen 1.1 while the the Everest 3.2 gets an eight-inch colour touchscreen that provides access to the voice-activated SYNC 2 system.
In terms of safety, the Everest is equipped with dual frontal airbags, knee airbags, side and curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Launch Assist, Emergency Brake Assist, Emergency Brake Light, Trailer Sway Control and Roll Stability Control. Like the recently launched Focus, the SUV also has the MyKey system that allow owners to set the maximum speed limit, seatbelt reminder and the maximum volume of the audio system.