The next-generation Ford Everest has this week thrown up the gauntlet to its biggest rival, the Toyota Fortuner.
During the global unveiling, it was clear that the Blue Oval would compete with its body-on-frame SUV competitors. In South Africa, the Ford Everest has battled the runaway leader in its segment, the Toyota Fortuner. However, it holds a solid second place as it is well ahead of its other rivals, the Isuzu M-UX and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in the monthly sales charts.
“We showed customers Everest at various points during the design process and their feedback was consistent – they loved the exterior with its strong and robust design, but also thought it was sleek and modern,” said Max Wolff, design director for China. and Ford’s International Markets Group.
“They said Everest would give them the confidence to go off-road; it looks like a real SUV.”
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The new Ford Everest has undergone extensive upgrades, both on the exterior and interior. From the front, it resembles the new Ford Ranger, which is largely based on the F-150. And on the inside, a new feature is the portrait infotainment system that will support SYNC 4.
Engine-wise, the new Ford Everest will feature revised versions of the 2.0-litre single and biturbo diesel engine, while the 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel and 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine will also be available in select markets. . All new engines will only be mated to automatic transmissions.
The new Everest will join the bakkie pair of the Ranger and Ranger Raptor in the new Blue Oval lineup for the coming year. There is no indication of local availability or exact specifications of any of the new models yet.
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