MANILA: Have you heard the newest news from Ford? Well, the American giant is on cloud nine after the experiencing a whooping 61 percent of hike in its overall sales in the Philippines between January and June 2016 in comparison to the sales of last year for the same tenure. The authorities have given the credit to Ford Everest, Ford EcoSport and Ford Ranger for this exceptional raise in the sales. Ford Everest proved to be a cash cow for its parent with retail sales recorded to 1054 units in June 2016 and a total of 6961 units in the first half of this year. Though these figures are for the Philippines only, you would agree with us on one thing that Everest is equally or even more popular in other countries. With a close competition involved in the Philippines automotive market, Ford Everest is surpassing all of them and draggings its parent company a step closer to the no. 1 spot. What makes this SUV so popular in any market? Well, there are numerous features which the manufacturer has intentionally packed in this SUV to make it stand apart from the crowd.
If you are also thinking about the features which make this Ford SUV so popular, this is the right article for you. Also, this write-up will guide you what makes Everest a perfect SUV and family drive. So, let's begin -
The off-roading ready SUV from American house, the Ford Everest, is available in 2- wheel drive and 4-wheel drive layouts across its trims, so that you can choose according to your convenience. The 7-seater drive comes with a minimum ground clearance measuring to 225 mm to ensure that you can take it on varied terrains. The true off-roader is designed to tackle rough terrain with its Terrain Management System which allows the driver to shift-on-the-fly to maximize the stability and traction for better control on such terrains. The off-roading capabilities are not limited to hilly or rough driveways and you can drive it with the same ease as the highway or city roads in water also. The manufacturer claims to offer the best in class water wading capability through Ford Everest.
Ford Everest is available in Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Premium variants from which Titanium is offered with a choice of 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre engines and rest of the 3 trims have only 2.2-litre power-unit. Both of the engines are tuned to deliver power and performance which is required for an SUV. The 2.2-litre engine knocks out a peak power measuring 160 PS at 3200 rpm along with a peak torque of 385 Nm between 1600 and 2500 rpm. The 3.2-litre engine, on the other hand, delivers 200 PS of high power at 3000 rpm and 470 Nm of high torque between the range of 1750 and 2500 rpm. Both of these engines are mated with 6-speed manual or automatic gearshift for that thrilling performance.
Usually, this feature is offered in high-end SUVs only but Ford decided to pack this aspect in this SUV for added safety and convenience. So, now you can enjoy descending steep hills in an absolutely controlled way, without any fear of skidding or slipping from the terrain. Wondering how Everest does this? Ford has Hill descent Control which controls the brakes ensuring safe and steady downhilling . The Hill Launch Assist is another feature which adds comfort while taking a downhill. So, next time when you plan such terrain, you don't need to give a second thought about safety; only if you are taking Ford Everest on it.
Well, Ford Everest is not just about looks and power. Definitely, the customers prefer to have a lot of power in SUV, after all, that's what SUVs are known for, but the fun doubles up if you get more power with a spacious and comforting interior. Surely, you would not like to compromise on that. The cabin of Everest is big and spacious enough to occupy 7 passengers with great comfort, undoubtedly. While the wheelbase counts to 2850 mm, the boot in this SUV is pretty good to accommodate all your big weekend trip bags. The standard cargo in this drive is 450 litres which can be expanded to 1050 litre after folding the 3rd-row seats. If you want more luggage area and less seating space, Ford Everest has an option of split folding the 2nd-row seats to flat offering 2010 litres of area for your luggage. The cargo at the rear is not all and there are as many as 30 petty storage compartments given in the cabin to manage your handy stuff without making the cabin look messy. Apart from this, the cabin is well-furnished with a wide array of features including power windows, electrochromic rearview mirror and cruise control. Also, an advanced audio facility comprising 8-inch TFT touch display, AUX, USB, Bluetooth, SD card slot with 10 speakers are also packed in this Ford SUV.
We all know how important it is to have good safety features on a family drive and while choosing an SUV, you need to be extra cautious. Talking particularly about Ford Everest, this adventure-ready drive is well packed with dual front, side, curtain and driver knee airbags ensuring best of the safety. This safety is further enhanced by Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Roll Stability Control (RSC) for complete control and stability. You also get the convenience of remote keyless entry and volumetric burglar alarm in Ford Everest. The upper trims are additionally packed with My Key (Ford Signature Feature), Rear Park Assist and adjustable Speed Limiter. Indeed, the safety package offered by Ford is impeccable in its class and ensures the best of safety for the occupants even during off-roading.
With so many aspects, Ford Everest is surely one of those SUvs in the Philippines which has everything, right from swanky appearance to thrilling power and convincing safety package. The American drive is available at a starting price of PhP 1.339 million which is for the base trim, i.e., Ford Everest Ambiente 2.2 4x2 MT.