Ford Everest Overview
The Ford Everest is a midsize SUV that has reached a new level of rugged capability and refinement for its mid-cycle refresh. It's now offering a combination of stylish design, modern technology, balanced on-road and off-road capability, and the touted premium interior refinement. Because of this, the American SUV consistently retains its status as one of the Blue Oval's best-sellers.
Known to be one of the toughest SUV in the segment, the Everest is built on a true body-on-frame chassis – matched with a 225mm ground clearance and 800mm water wading capacity, allowing it to tackle various terrains with ease. Exterior-wise, it offers a robust front end with signature LED Daytime Running Lights connected to a prominent inverted trapezoid grille that brings out a strong presence on the road. Meanwhile, the interior boasts more room for each passenger and cargo compared to its predecessor. It has more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces and multiple outlets for the modern family.
Ford Everest Launch
The very first Ford Everest was launched in 2003 with then Ford Group Philippines aiming to enter the market of AUVs with a true SUV. The second-generation Everest was launched back in the first quarter of 2007. With an all-new design and revamped underpinnings, Ford has improved a lot in the sport-ute to cater to the needs of the local market. It received a facelift in 2009.
In 2015, Ford Philippines launched the third-generation Everest that's now based on the in-house-designed Ranger. It left its roots of being built on top of a Mazda chassis, which gave the midsize SUV its own character. On August 9, 2019, however, Ford Philippines finally brings in the facelifted Ford Everest, powered by the same engine that the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Wildtrak carry.
The 2020 Ford Everest was launched with prices that range from P1,995,000 to P2,299,000.
Ford Everest Chassis, Platform & Powertrain
In the Philippines, the new Everest boasts two engine options: a 2.0L Single Turbo with 180 hp and 420 Nm of torque and a 2.0L Biturbo with 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Both engine options are connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Everest rides on the Ford T6 platform, which is shared with the Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck. For its current iteration, the Everest has a double-wishbone suspension with coil spring and anti-roll bar, while the rear axle has coil spring with Watt’s link, also with anti-roll bar. All wheels are equipped with disc brakes.
Ford Everest Driving Performance
Now with the sequential biturbo powertrain setup, the Ford Everest is more responsive and spritely than its predecessor. The early onset of turbo boost was beneficial for those need immediate grunt, while keeping the pull all throughout the 10-speed gear changes. As a result, the acceleration was smooth and by no means lacking, even with the 2.0-Liter displacement engine.
Handling remains dynamic for the midsize SUV as the new Everest retains its electronic power-assist steering system that the nameplate has been known for. Suspension remains pliant and flexible, as well.
Ford Everest Technology Features
The Ford Everest is one of the most technologically-packed midsize SUV in the Philippines today. The Titanium variants feature several convenience features that spoil both the driver and all of the six passengers. Both Titanium variants are similar in tech package offering, starting with keyless entry, push-start ignition, one-touch power windows, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, 12-volt accessory sockets, AC 230-volt power sockets, reverse camera with parking sensors, and power-adjustable seats. The range-topping Everest Titanium 4x4 variant gets extras, however. It has adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping aid, which is a convenient feature to have when cruising on highways.
For entertainment, the Ford Everest Titanium variants feature an 8-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sound is produced through 9 speakers, including a subwoofer.
Ford Everest Exterior
The new Ford Everest has a slightly different front fascia compared to its predecessor, which can be seen on the grille and 20-inch wheels. A new color has also been added for this version of the midsize SUV called Diffused Silver.
The Everest Titanium is equipped HID headlamps with auto-leveling and LED daytime running lights. It also has rain-sensing wipers, auto high beam control, and a panoramic moonroof for the 4x4 variant. For those who need to load things into the back of the vehicle will be happy to know that it comes with a hands-free power liftgate. Aside from the new Diffused Silver, the Everest is available in the following colors: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, Meteor Gray, and Sunset Red.
Ford Everest Interior
The third-generation Ford Everest has an upscale cabin. Filled with high-grade materials, leather, and soft-touch plastics, this midsize SUV has one of the nicest cabin build quality in its segment. For the facelifted version, the changes are minuscule, which can be mainly found on the gear-shifter that's inherited from the new Ranger and Ranger Raptor. Aside from that, everything's pretty much the same.
As with other midsize SUVs, the Everest has spacious second row but a third row that's better for kids and small adults. What the Everest touts, however, is the ample cargo space when all of the seats folded down to the floor. The range-topping 4x4 Everest variant has a panoramic sunroof as well, which is a nice touch.
Ford Everest Safety
The refreshed Everest is packed with safety features. Both the 4x2 and 4x4 Titanium variants have seven airbags, blind-spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, electronic stability control, brake assist, traction control, ABS, rollover mitigation, hill launch assist, front and rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
However, the range-topping Everest 4x4 Titanium gets the upper hand in terms of safety. It gets adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping aid, forward collision alert, driver alert system, and active park assist.
The previous version of the Ford Everest got 5 stars for adult occupancy protection from the ASEAN NCAP. On the other hand, the variant tested got 4 stars for child occupancy protection.
Ford Everest Pros and Cons
Based on our initial testing of the facelifted Ford Everest, you'll definitely love the improved performance that the biturbo setup and 10-speed tranny bring. Of course, the beefy exterior and plush interior will remain as the SUV's main selling point to its patrons in the Philippines.
This version of the Everest isn't without quirks, however. The main caveat of the new Ford Everest is the heightened engine noise that crept into the cabin more than what its predecessor would have allowed.
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