The fourth Ford model launch of the year just took place last week, with the Everest joining the Ranger, Focus and Escape in the line-up. Based on the mechanicals of the Ford Ranger, the seven-seater Everest goes head-to-head with the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner both in terms of price and specifications.
Two engine options are available, both of the renowned Ford DuraTorq TDCi common-rail turbodiesel family, one displacing 2.5-litres, another displacing 3.0. The 143PS 2.5-litre comes with the option of either 5-speed manual or 5-speed auto transmissions, whereas the 156 PS 3.0 comes only with a 5-speed auto. Both engines are offered with a drivetrain featuring electronic shift-on-the-fly between 2WD and 4WD mode.
Its mechanical relation with the Ranger shows with its styling too, as the front fascia bears more than a passing resemblance with the pickup. Its aggressive styling, however, is significantly toned down compared to the Ranger. The most aesthetically eye-catching items on the Everest would be the quartet of shining six-spoke rims.
Fully imported from Thailand, the first shipment of the Everest has already been snapped up by fleet customers. Signing on the order books now would see you getting your cars at September 2009 earliest, best case senario.
The new fully imported Ford Everest comes standard with a 3-year/100,000 km warranty, whichever comes first. For more information, please call Auto ConneXion Voice hotline at 1-800-88-3181.