Ford has made its Everest seven-seat sport utility vehicle (SUV) more appealing with styling, suspension, and feature upgrades, complemented by the introduction of the new 2.0-litre bi-turbo and single turbo engines that recently debuted on the upgraded Ranger.
The enhanced Everest introduces a new grille design through the layering of three bars, and a redesigned lower bumper. New 20-inch wheels are available on the Limited model and a new exterior body colour, Diffused Silver, has been added to the line-up. Inside, the introduction of an Ebony colour changes the ambience of the cabin and a bold new crafted gear shifter design distinguishes the models with 10-speed auto transmissions.
The new 2.0 bi-turbo engine delivers 157 kW and a peak torque of 500 Nm with low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness. It is available in the XLT 4×2 and 4×4 models, and the top-spec Everest Limited. The new single-turbo unit offered in the XLT 4×2 delivers 132 kW and 420 Nm of torque, with up to 340 Nm available from just 1,250 rpm. The current 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine (118 kW and 385 Nm) is still available in the XLS 4×2 model, while the 3.2-litre five-cylinder TDCi engine (147 kW and 470 Nm) is still offered in the XLT 4×4.
The 2.0-litre bi-turbo and single turbo engines are coupled with a new 10-speed auto transmission, while the existing 2.2 and 3.2-litre TDCi engines are paired with the current six-speed auto transmission. Prices for the range start from R499,900 for the 2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4×2 up to R761,200 for the top-of-the-range 2.0 BiT Limited 10AT 4×4.