Scheduled for launch in 2015, in Asia Pacific, Ford Everest will be available in 9 markets: China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and others in ASEAN region. Known as Ford Everest in some countries, [(Update) the car was officially revealed today at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing]. It will reach Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa next year too.
Ford Everest/Endeavour, an everyday commute SUV is just as steady in extreme off-road terrain and promises dynamic on-road handling. Ford Everest is key for product footprint expansion in the region. From the EcoSport to the Everest, our SUV portfolio in Asia Pacific offers something for everyone says Trevor Worthington, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific.
New Ford Everest/Endeavour will be available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants based on market specific demand. Sitting on a body-on-frame design, Everest offers torsional strength required for challenging terrains. Equipped with intelligent four-wheel drive system, Torque on Demand, Terrain Management System, and best-in-class ground clearance of 225 mm and water-wading capability of 800 mm, Everest navigates difficult terrain with ease.
Terrain Management System offers 4 preset settings: Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock to alter throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel drive system and traction control. For extreme offroading, one can manually lock transfer case in low-range four-wheel drive mode for improved control.
Coil spring front and rear suspension and a Watt’s linkage on the rear axle ensures a comfortable, stable ride with improved handling making it fun to drive. SYNC 2 lets drivers use natural voice commands to control the entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices in a more natural way than before, and comes with an 8-inch touchscreen with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation.
New Ford Everest medium SUV uses Curve Control when approaching turns too quickly. Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid keeps a driver from unintentionally drifting. Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Aler informs drivers about a vehicle in their blind spot, and aids in reversing out of parking spots.
Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert with Collision Mitigation, Roll Stability Control, and Electronic Stability Program that works with traction control betters control. Active Park Assist helps to parallel park hands-free with use of accelerating, shifting and braking from the driver.
Active safety systems are further strengthened with a strong passenger cage built using high-strength materials like boron steel. New Ford Everest/Endeavour is fitted with seven airbags.
2015 Ford Everest will be available with a new 2.0L four-cylinder twin-scroll EcoBoost petrol engine in Asia Pacific. The 3.2L Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine will also be in service, and latest gen 2.2L Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel. Egines are mated to six-speed automatic or manual transmissions, and availability will vary in different markets.
Interior features include a large moon roof, powered liftgate, 30+ stowage spaces, multiple power outlets in 1st and 2nd rows, flexible seating and cargo arrangements with fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seating.
Signature LED daytime running lights will feature. New Ford Everest/Endeavour comes with with Active Noise Cancellation tech to boost an already optimized cabin sealing and sound absorbing materials used. Active Noise Cancellation uses 3 microphones in the cabin to detect and measure sound. A smart control module generates opposing sound waves fed through the Everest’s audio system to cancel out noises for a quieter cabin.
2015 Ford Everest will be manufactured at AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong, Thailand, for ASEAN markets. In China, it will be manufactured by Ford’s Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) JV at the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nanchang, China, and distributed through JMC’s Ford-brand dealer network.