- New Ford Everest XLT 2.0-litre Single Turbo 4x4 model added to the range, delivering impressive performance, fuel economy and value for money
- The 2.0 Single Turbo engine produces 132kW of power and 420Nm peak torque, paired with advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission
- High-tech LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and automatic headlamp leveling now standard on all Everest XLT and Limited models
At the same time the Everest’s lighting technology has been upgraded, with the introduction of high-tech LED headlamps as standard on all XLT models, as well as the range-topping Everest Limited.
“The Ford Everest remains one of the best equipped, most capable and versatile vehicles in its segment, and these characteristics are especially true of the New Everest that was launched last year,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA). “The new-generation 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines brought even greater refinement, performance and fuel economy to the range, so we are delighted to be increasing our line-up to seven models with the launch of the new Everest XLT 2.0-litre Single Turbo 4x4.
“This new derivative slots in perfectly between the existing XLT 4x2 with the same 2.0 Single Turbo engine and the powerful 157kW 2.0 Bi-Turbo derivatives, thereby offering the ideal combination of sure-footed all-terrain capability along with exceptional fuel consumption and superb value for money,” Mashinini adds.
“We have also enhanced the lighting specification of all Everest XLT and Limited models, which now feature LED headlamps as standard along with LED daytime running lights and automatic headlamp levelling,” she says. “This further improves safety when driving at night due to the exceptional lighting performance and accuracy of the latest LED technology. Daytime visibility is also improved with the inclusion of the distinctive LED daytime running lights.”
The new model is equipped with the same 2.0 Single Turbo diesel engine that powered the Ford Ranger to the Double Cab class victory in the 2019 WesBank Fuel Economy Tour. It produces 132kW of power and 420Nm of torque available from 1 750 to 2 500 r/min – with up to 340Nm available from as low as 1 250 r/min.
As with all models equipped with the new 2.0-litre engines, the new addition boasts Ford’s trend-setting 10-speed automatic transmission. It features an electronic control system with real-time adaptive shift-scheduling, engineered to help select the correct gear at the right time, including skip-shift and direct downshift capabilities. This enables the transmission to adapt quickly to changing conditions, enabling the optimal gear to be selected in order to deliver maximum performance, fuel-efficiency and refinement to suit any driving scenario.
The high-tech transmission incorporates Progressive Range Select (PRS), which gives the driver the ability to lock out gears from the automatic shifting range. This provides greater control when driving in slippery conditions, when towing or climbing steep gradients.
In 4x4 guise, the Everest relies on a permanent four-wheel drive system that ensures optimal grip and control in all conditions. It boasts a sophisticated yet exceptionally easy to use Terrain Management System, accessed via a rotary dial next to the gear lever to engage the various drive modes: Normal, Rock Crawl, Mud and Sand. The system tailors the engine and drivetrain according to the terrain by adjusting throttle response, gear selection and traction control, as well as the engagement of high or low-range, with a standard rear differential lock further aiding traction on uneven surfaces.
In XLT trim, the Everest has an impressive array of safety, comfort and convenience features as standard, including Passive Entry and Passive Start (PEPS) with keyless unlocking and push-button starting. Front and rear parking sensors are provided, linked to an integrated rearview camera to make parking the vehicle in even the tightest spaces a cinch.
The impressive standard safety package across the line-up includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system with Traction Control (TC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) on the 4x4 models, Load Adaptive control (LAC) and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM). A full Category 1 Thatcham-specification alarm is standard on all Everest models for enhanced anti-theft security.
SYNC®3 with Navigation is standard on the XLT and Limited models, linked to the integrated eight-inch touch-screen colour display, along with two USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity. The system boasts fully-featured embedded navigation, convenient multi-touch gestures (such as swipe, slide, scroll and pinch-to-zoom), plus voice recognition that uses simple, real-world voice commands. SYNC®3 also offers the benefits of smartphone integration provided through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Model Range and Recommended Retail Prices:
|2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x2||R552 500|
|2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x2||R637 800|
|2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x4||R679 400|
|2.0 BiT XLT 10AT 4x2||R693 300|
|3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4||R715 300|
|2.0 BiT XLT 10AT 4x4||R744 500|
|2.0 BiT Limited 10AT 4x4||R819 400|
All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.