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JM | Jan 25, 2023

Here’s a sneak ‘PEAK’ at the all new Ford Everest

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There are two engine options including 210bhp bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel, and a new more powerful 250bhp 3.2-litre turbodiesel V6 that replaces the much loved 3.2-litre inline five-cylinder.

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It just hit the showroom, and Our Today has got a look at the 2023 Ford Everest.

Now, in its third generation, the new model was revealed to the international public in March 2022, and is fresh to Jamaican shores, just in time for the new year.

The seven-seat sport utility vehicle has been made all-new and updated as expected. The new visual design language continues its direct familial connection with the Ford Ranger pickup upon which it’s based and hints to what the Ranger will look like when it eventually makes its own local debut. The new appearance draws from the larger F-150. The Everest now sports C-clamp headlights, a bolder front grille, and sharper body lines. There has been an increase in dimensions for interior space and better on-road stability.

The all-new Ford Everest boasts major advancements to make it an even better sport utility vehicle than the previous model.

There will be several trim levels, engines, and four-wheel drive available. Engine options are only two for this market, starting with a more powerful bi-turbo two-litre four-cylinder diesel. This engine makes 210bhp and 369 lb/ft of torque. Completely gone is the much-loved turbodiesel 3.2-litre inline five-cylinder replaced by a brand new 3.2-litre turbodiesel V6 with 250bhp and an a enormous 440 lb/ft of torque, putting the Ford back at the top of the diesel pickup horsepower table. There are two automatic transmissions, a six-speed, and a 10-speed.

Other big changes are to the interior. There are still seven seats, but with a bit more room for all passengers. As with most modern cars, screens have come to define everything, so the Everest gets two. Drivers get an all digital eight-inch display for main instrumentation, but it is the tablet-like LCD touchscreen that now dominates the centre console. Available in two sizes, 10.1-inch and 12-inch, it runs Ford’s SYNC infotainment interface for all the modern connectivity features for smart devices. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard with front and rear rows having their own power ports. The rest of the interior has updated styling with premium materials and finishes across all trim levels.

PHYSICAL SAFETY DEVICES AND ELECTRONIC ASSISTANCE

The Everest was already pretty techy and that hasn’t changed with the new version. It might be based on a pickup, but as an SUV the mission is a bit different. SUVs are now family vehicles and must have plenty of safety features and technology to fulfil that aim.

The Ford boasts physical safety devices and electronic assistance. Out the box there are nine airbags including a new far-side airbag that goes between the driver and front passenger for added safety in case of a rollover. Those driving have road edge detection to help make sure the rollover doesn’t happen to begin with as it assists the vehicle from drifting off the highway at speed.

The upgrades continue the tech-focused nature of the Everest over rivals.

Safety also extends to those outside and that begins with a 360-degree split-view parking camera. For things beyond visual range there’s Reverse Autonomous Emergency Braking. Of course, there are convenience features the likes off a power rear liftgate to access 2,010 litres of cargo space with the second and third rows folded flat.

The Everest has been as much of a workhorse as the Ranger, and for this incarnation it doesn’t lose any of its off-road capability. Supporting the mechanical four-wheel drive system, is a host of technology including Ford’s Terrain Management System. When the mechanical ability is combined with the electronics, the Ford can maximise traction across a host of surface types, from gravel and grass to mud and ruts. 4×4 models have 227mm of ground clearance, giving it a fording depth of 800mm. The approach angle is 29.5 degrees, the breakover angle is 21.5 degrees, and the departure angle is 25 degrees. The Ford can also tow 3,100 kilograms. This all bodes well for those who want to play as hard as they work. There’s even an exterior lighting zone system for camping.

The 2023 Ford Everest is now on sale at Kingston Industrial Garage, local dealers for the Ford automotive brand, starting at J$9,890,000.

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