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The all-new Next Gen Ford Everest

Built tough and capable on the outside, next-gen Everest’s sanctuary-like interior provides occupants with a comfortable, safe, high-tech and inviting cabin designed for daily duties and long road-trips

By Aphiwe Nzimande

Months after the global reveal of the Ford Ranger and weeks after the Ranger Raptor the Blue Oval has yet again blessed us and revealed their next-gen Ford Everest. The Ford Everest boast a new look from the Exterior, Interior, powerplant even with new technologies.

Since the Ford Everest shares a platform with the beloved Ranger it also gains the all-new front end with the C-clamp shaped matrix LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the Everest is almost unrecognizable featuring C-clamp shaped taillights just like the front end and to finish it off, bold "Everest" lettering is engraved in the Tailgate.

The Ford Everest gains a wider track that increased by 50mm resulting in a more dramatic swell over its wheels. Ford hasn't confirmed the wheel sizes of the Everest.

Engineered to excite, the next-gen Everest has been built for the adventurous – with capability at its core.

Ford has also been hard at work in the Everest's cabin to ensure that every element is more distinct to each other to create a more spacious "Homely" mood. The new generation Everest adapts its interior from the new Ranger with its 10.2 or 12-inch touchscreen kitted with Ford's new SYNC4A system and voice-activated communications, FordPass as well as Andriod Auto and Apple Carplay as standard.

More goodies afforded in the Everests cabin include an 8 or 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, new leather trim, a drive mode selector, heated and cooled 10- way power adjustable memory function seats for the driver and 8 way for the passenger.

Ford has said that three variants of the Everest will be on offer which are the Everest Sport, Titanium+ and at the top of the list will sit the Platinum.

Ford’s proven 3.0L turbodiesel V6 engine and refined it for the Everest. It is one of three turbodiesel engine options available at launch, depending on the market.

The best news we learnt about the Everest was the addition of a new powertrain which is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel that will now headline the engine options below that is the trusty 2.0-litre 4 cylinder single and bi-turbo engine as well as a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

The engine will either be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual.

Ford has catered to all types of buyers and adventurous drivers by equipping the Ford Everest with the ability to choose between two or four-wheel drive systems, underbody protection and off-road selectable drive modes plus rear locking differential, two functional tow hook both upfront and up fitter switches for accessories.

In addition to a more refined and comfortable interior, Ford focused on incorporating the latest connectivity and technology features into the next-gen Everest.

The new generation Everest also has a host of Driver assistance systems and these include Lane centering, adaptive cruise control, blindspot assist, lane-keeping assist, evasive steering assist, reverse braking assist, trailer coverage and enhanced - Pre-collision assist with intersection functionality to name a few.

Ford South Africa have yet to confirm local availability engine lineup and specifications. Pricing shall be announced closer to the local launch.

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