American carmaker's one of the most prominent products in the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment is Ford Everest. Also called as Ford Endeavour in some Asian markets, the mid-size off-roader is based largely on the Ford Ranger pickup truck. Launched initially in the year 2003, it received a full model change in 2007 and an update in 2009. Currently in its second generation, the Everest in the Philippine market competes with the likes of Mitsubishi Montero, Toyota Fortuner, and Hyundai Santa Fe. The able machine immediately took wings after its initial launch in the country and went on to become the 'loved' family vehicle of many due to its extraordinary capabilities on the road and on no road. Ford Everest is an ideal vehicle for those driving across rough or uneven mountainous regions in the Quezon province and Cavite areas. The Ford Everest comes with the engine choice of 3.0L and 2.5L that have ruthless power and performance hunger in any conditions. The diesel engines are mated with the option of Manual Transmission or Automatic Transmission along with 4X2 and 4X4 mechanisms. The solid, sturdy and proficiently built vehicle has always enthralled SUV buffs and many critics. The full-length exteriors that are skillfully crafted are hard to ignore and when it arrives somewhere, it immediately catches the attention of the onlookers. Though it may not look very contemporary to some, however, 'handsome' has its own followers. The 5-door wagon with spare wheel mounted on the tailgate and large 18-inch alloys looks adventure-ready anytime. The hall-like capacious cabin has interior elements well-appointed alongside there is sufficient space across all three rows. The instrument, dashboard, center console are all attractive looking and smartly done. There is big boot space available, while it becomes massive after folding of the two rows, in order to gulp in more baggage. There is a host of convenient features for the driver and passengers alongside a quality stereo that keeps them engaged throughout. Furthermore, safety of the occupants is ensured with longlist of protection features that include airbags, Anti-lock Braking System and parking sensors to name some. The muscle SUV will soon get a completely new face when the all-new Everest launches by March or April in 2015.
The fuel economy delivered by Ford Everest is one of the best in class. The 2.5L engine delivers a decent mileage of 9-10 km/l in city and about 12-13 km/l when driven on long routes. On the other hand, the 3.0L variant with its heavy engine provides a fuel economy of nearly 8-9 km/l and 10-11 km/l in city and highways in that order.
The power numbers of the two mammoth engines are impressive with 2.5L model churning out a maximum power of 143 PS at 3500 rpm. And the other companion 3.0L version pulls out a supreme power of 156 PS at 3200 rpm.
The zero to 100 km/h mark is touched in mere 13.5 seconds by the 2.5L model, while the top speed that it possesses is of 156 km/h. The 3.0L does its share of standstill to 100 km/h in only 14.5 seconds and the top speed clocked is of 149 km/h.
The exteriors of Ford Everest in all sense carry the boasting characteristics together with a butch stance of a proper SUV that can go places fearlessly. The polished frontage looks very sleek and modern compared to previous version of Everest. The fascia has an all-chrome grille with Ford logo resting proudly in the center. The multi reflector halogen headlamps with slight swept towards the bonnet appear interesting with a hint of stylishness. The large front bumper carries trapezoid-shaped black air dam that stretches towards the chic fog lamp housing, where fog lamps are encircled with chrome making it look amazingly ?lan. Making it more mean is 'EVEREST' engraved above the grille on the hood. The sides are rugged and truly masculine with beefed up wheel fenders, chrome laden ORVMs with mounted indicators and puddle lamps, body colored side cladding, blackened B pillar, side step board for easy ingress and egress of passengers along with sporty roof rails at the top. Another beguiling sight is the 18-inch aluminium alloys on which the brawny vehicle stands proud. The rear of mannish Everest has stylish attributes like spare wheel mounted on the tailgate with classy wheel-cover, large rear windscreen, high mounted tail lamp, large rear bumper with skirt and sporty rear spoiler.
No sooner any spectators sees Ford Everest, the first that clicks to the mind is 'large'. As a result, the dimensions carry big figures. Here the length, width and height of Everest are 5062 mm, 1788 mm and 1826 mm respectively. Moreover the wheelbase scales a big 2860 mm that is one of the best in segment.
The stadium-like space inside the cabin can easily absorb 7 to 8 passengers including the driver with quite ease. The all black dashboard, black steering wheel with a contrast cabin theme looks marvelous, while the leather/ Velour Fabric seats double the excitement. The large instrument cluster gets garnished displays inside with neatly done centre console that has Multi Info Display (MID), various knobs/buttons, vertically rectangular AC vents and circular at the corners. The floor console has many storage options together with elegant looking black gearshift knob. There is more than sufficient head room and legroom for all occupants, courtesy: large wheel base of Everest. Besides that, there is large boot space throw in all the baggage, whilst cargo area can be elongated by means of folding the second and third row rear seats. Here the first row comes with bucket seats with adjust headrests have sliding and reclining feature, second row has 50/50 split alongside fold, flip, recline and tumble function, whereas the last row bench seat has detachable feature with fold and flip option.
Most of the material used inside cabin is of apposite quality and is comfortable, be it the soft touch plastic at dash or holders, or the leatherette seats or even the fabric/plastic used at the doors and console. All seats are nicely padded to provide hassle free long journeys, alongside there is a long list of comfort and convenience features that prove handy while on the move. The features comprise of leather steering with tilt adjust feature and mounted audio controls, air conditioner with AC vents in all 3 rows, all-power door locks, 4 bottle holders/cup holders, 4 door pockets, lockable illuminated glove box, overhead console, cruise control, 12V socket, rear defogger and many more.
The interior measurements like the exterior dimensions are substantial due to long wheel base of Ford Everest SUV. Besides fantastic room for all occupants in the rows, there is adequate boot space too with 400 liters. Moreover, the space can be increased to colossal 2055 liters after folding or removing the rear seats.
The 2.5L, 2499cc Duratorq 16V engine with DOHC and Turbo Direct Injection Common Rail generates a maximum power of 143 PS at 3500 rpm along with 330 Nm of peak torque at 1800 rpm. On the other hand the 3.0L, 2953cc, 4-cylinder, 16V DOHC, Direct Injection Common Rail Turbo engine churns a maximum power of 156 PS at 3200 rpm together with peak torque of 380 Nm at 2500 rpm. There are in all 4 variants available. Here 2.5L model has 3 trims in which two are accompanied by 5-speed Automatic Transmission with Overdrive feature, while the remaining one comes with 5-speed manual transmission. Moreover the 3.0L 4X4 trim is presented with sole choice of 5-speed Automatic Transmission with Overdrive.
The entertainment has been given much importance here and the Ford Everest comes with a music/ audio system that has automatic volume level control and can play AM, FM, CD, MP3 and features USB connectivity. There are as many as 6 speakers including tweeters mounted on doors to stream the sound to the occupants. For convenient there are mounted audio controls on the steering wheel.
The wheels of the big Ford Everest are evidently large and intimidating. In the two, different displacement variants, the wheels are alike with wheel size that is 18-inch aluminium alloys and the tyre size comes as 255/60 R18.
As Ford Everest is meant to come hard at rocky terrains and rough roads or no roads, the braking and handling is pretty stable compared to the competition in the segment. The braking comes with ventilated discs at front and leading and trailing drums at rear wheels. Moreover, the suspension showcases its temperament well with the 4X4 mechanism, thanks to independent double wishbone with torsion bar at front and leaf springs at rear performing at their best.
American car maker, Ford, has large portfolio of cars in the country and has equipped its entire vehicle range with class leading safety features and Ford Everest is no unalike. The long list of safety and protection features include driver and front passenger SRS air bags, side air bags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and G-sensors, child lock rear doors, reverse parking sensors, ELR seatbelts for all etc. Other gears comprise of center high mounted tail lamp, anti-theft alarm, limited slip differential, side door impact beams, keyless entry and rear defogger.
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