The Everest is the leading SUV within the market because of its matchless outstanding comfort, performance, and bold and rugged style. It is a midsize SUV from American automaker Ford that acquired a new level of refinement and rugged capability for its mid-cycle alteration. At present, it offers modern technology, stylish design combinations, touted premium interior refinement, and balanced on-road and off-road capability. Thus, the American SUV maintains its place as one of the best sellers for Blue Oval.
Since it is an SUV, it is assembled on a true body-on-frame chassis paired with a wading capacity of 800 mm. It allows the vehicle to take on different terrains without difficulty and a ground clearance of 225 mm. As a result, it is known as one of the toughest SUVs in the segment. In the Philippines, the second-generation Ford Everest model competes with the sorts of Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and Isuzu mu-X. The 7-seater midsize SUV is suitable for uneven or rough mountainous region driving like the Cavite and Quezon province areas.
Later in the third quarter of 2019, the 2020 version of the model was launched in the Philippines. The midsize SUV belongs to those more popular SUVs currently present in the market, although there are no significant updates in the finish, features, and fit of the latest model. Nevertheless, the entry of a Bi-Turbo diesel powertrain trim notes an immense addition to the lineup.
The Ford Everest was introduced with the price range from Php 1,995,000 to Php 2,299,000 and later grew with new variants, getting the starting price to a fall of Php 1,738,000. The most recent addition to the lineup is the Sport that has similar features with the Titanium 4x2. It is priced at Php 1,868,000, serving as the bridge variant to the Titanium trim-levels and Trend.
The Ford Everest provides rugged capability, with all the comforts and space needed for a family SUV
In comparison with its predecessor, the latest Ford Everest has a front fascia that is slightly different from the former, which is apparent on the 20-inch wheels and grille. There is also the addition of a new color option - the Diffused Silver available for this midsize SUV version. The Ford Everest Titanium features LED daytime running lights and LED headlights with auto-leveling.
A strong and fierce competitor from the American car brand
For a 4x4 variant, it is equipped with auto high beam control, a panoramic moonroof, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features a hands-free power liftgate for loading stuff at the back of the SUV. Moreover, the 7-seater midsize SUV has the following color options aside from the Diffused Silver - Sunset Red, Absolute Black, Arctic White, Meteor Gray, and Aluminum Metallic.
The fourth-generation Ford Everest features a high-end cabin. It is filled with top-quality materials, soft-touch plastics, and leather. Among its segment, this midsize SUV possesses one of the most decent cabin-build qualities. For the refreshed version, changes can be found primarily on the gear-shifter acquired from the recent Ranger and Ranger Raptor. The interior of the mid-spec Sport variant comes with a leather theme with blue stitching and accents.
Interior view of the midsize SUV
Just like the other midsize SUVs, the entry from the Blue Oval company features a wide second row; however, the third row is more suitable for small adults and children. Furthermore, the range-topping 4x4 variant is equipped with a panoramic sunroof that gives the vehicle a roomier cabin feel.
Technology & Safety Features
At present, the Ford Everest is one of the most technologically packed midsize SUVs available in the Philippines. Both Titanium variants are provided with the same tech package features. These include the push-start ignition, keyless entry, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, one-touch power windows, power-adjustable seats, reverse camera with parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, AC 230-volt power, and 12-volt accessory sockets.
A good vehicle for the Filipino families thanks to its generous space
The range-topping Titanium 4x4 variant has extra features like adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping support. As for entertainment, it is installed with an 8-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay for entertainment. Sound is transmitted by nine speakers; a subwoofer is included.
Both the 4x4 and 4x2 Titanium variants are equipped with seven airbags, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot detection, electronic stability and traction controls, ABS, brake and hill launch assists, front and rear parking sensors, rollover mitigation and ISOFIX child seat anchors. On the other hand, the lower-end variants are equipped with standard safety features like ABS with EBD, seven airbags, and electronic and roll stability controls.
Platform & Chassis
The Ford Everest is a 5-door, body-on-frame midsize SUV that can accommodate five to seven occupants. It rides on the Ford T6 Platform that is also utilized on the Ford Ranger pickup truck. The vehicle also comes in Front Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive, or Four-Wheel-Drive layout.
Stylish-looking vehicle in the city and a beast on off-road
As for the dimensions, the 7-seater midsize SUV has a length of 4893 mm, a width of 1862 mm, a wheelbase of 2850 mm, and a ground clearance of 225 mm. The current iteration of this model is equipped with a double-wishbone front suspension with coil spring and anti-roll bar, and the rear setup has coil spring with Watt’s link and anti-roll bar as well, while the four wheels are employed with disc brakes.
Engine & Drivetrain
Ford Philippines is offering the Everest with three engine options, namely the 2.2-liter TDCi diesel, 2.0-liter turbo diesel, and 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine. The non-turbocharged engine that makes 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque is used on the base Trend variant, while the single turbo engine that makes 180 hp and 420 Nm of torque is installed on the Sport and Titanium variants.
Ready to take on road challenges
Lastly, the Bi-turbo diesel engine is available only on the top-of-the-line Titanium+ 4x4 variant, making 213 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Only the base variant utilizes a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the rest of the variants of the midsize SUV are using a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift.