Photo: Ford Motor Co.

Photo: Ford Motor Co.

The new Ford Everest made its debut in Thailand. The SUV can carry up to seven passengers.

“With the new Ford Everest, we’re further strengthening our showroom lineup across ASEAN markets with a fully capable and competitive premium SUV that works equally well as a comfortable and refined family vehicle or taking on the roughest terrains of Southeast Asia,” said Matt Bradley, president, Ford ASEAN. “It’s a completely new vehicle inside and out with a host of first-in-class features, providing unmatched value in its segment.”

The new Ford Everest was designed from the ground up with the durability to take on the most inhospitable environments, according to the automaker. The Everest has a body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains. Together with an intelligent four-wheel drive system, an active transfer case with torque on demand, terrain management system, and ground clearance of 225 mm and water-wading capability of 800 mm, the Everest helps drivers navigate difficult terrain with ease.
The terrain management system gives drivers four preset settings – normal, snow/gravel/grass, sand, and rock– that alter the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel drive system and traction control to confidently tackle any situation. For extreme off-road environments, drivers can manually lock the transfer case in low-range four-wheel drive mode for increased control, according to the automaker.

The coil spring front and rear suspension and a Watt’s linkage on the rear axle allows the new Ford Everest to have a comfortable, stable ride with agile and predictable handling on the road, according to the automaker.

The latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity solution, SYNC 2, lets drivers use natural voice commands to control the car’s entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices more easily than ever before. SYNC 2 also has an eight-inch touchscreen with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation, according to the automaker.

Other technologies in the new Everest include curve control, designed to help drivers maintain control when approaching turns too quickly, and blind spot information system (BLIS) with cross traffic alert, which informs drivers when there is a vehicle in their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots.

The vehicle also offers other features, including roll stability control and an electronic stability program that works with traction control to help the driver stay in control. To reduce parking anxiety, active park assist enables drivers to parallel park hands-free, requiring only accelerating, shifting and braking from the driver.

In addition to advanced active safety systems, a strong passenger cage built using high-strength materials like boron steel, and passive safety features, including up to seven airbags, help to keep occupants safe in the event of a collision, according to the automaker.

The capabilities of the new Ford Everest are made possible by one of two diesel engines from Ford’s globally proven Duratorq family, mated to durable and efficient six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. Featuring advanced technologies that improve fuel efficiency, both engines deliver excellent performance:

  • For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its 3.2L Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine with 147 kW of power and 470 Nm of torque. Upgrades from the previous generation include an updated exhaust gas recirculation system to boost efficiency.
  • Ford is also offering the latest generation of the 2.2L Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel, putting out 118 kW of power and 385 Nm of torque

The new Everest includes a powered liftgate, more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces, multiple power outlets, and flexible seating and cargo arrangements – including fold-flat second- and first-in-class power-fold third-row seating , according to the automaker.

The new Ford Everest will be manufactured at AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong, Thailand.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet