The 2016 Ford Everest was recently launched last May 19, Tuesday, at the Ford Pavilion in Alabang. It was a rough-and-rugged night as the American carmaker showcased the made-for-the-dirtroad traits of the all-new midsize SUV—said to be one of the most awaited models of the year.
The highlight of the night was the makeshift off-road track set up at the venue, which included two huge hills with steep ascent and descent angles designed to showcase the car's off-road readiness. Fortunately, we had our smartphones ready:
Here's a video:
Where most cars won't be able to handle such steep angles, this Everest made short work of the hills. And even while stationary, the car is such a looker:
But as with anything, looks are just half of the equation. On the features side of things, we've compiled some of the most interesting thingamajigs and numbers that this fresh dirt conqueror has in store for you.
1) It boasts best-in-class ground clearance
The Everest has a ground clearance of 225 mm which helped it traverse the steep hills in the photo above. Its 20-inch alloy wheels and water-wading capability of up to 800 mm allow it to cut through challenging terrain, flood waters included.
2) It has terrain-specific driving systems
The SUV has an advanced Terrain Management System with four terrain settings—normal, snow/gravel/grass, sand, and rock. Simply put, this car adjusts itself to fit any situation.
3) It stops you from careening down hills
It has Hill Descent Control which sets and maintains a constant speed when driving down a hill.
4) It boasts of Ford's latest in-car connectivity solution
The Everest features SYNC 2, a system which allows drivers to use natural voice commands to control the car's entertainment system, climate controls, and connected mobile device.
5) It's hard to spin out of control coming out of curves in this car
It also has Curve Control technology that recognizes when the car is approaching a turn too quickly, and helps the driver maintain control.
6) It's a Hulk in terms of carrying capacity
It features 2,010 liters of versatile cargo space, and a class-leading payload capacity of up to 750 kilos.
7) Its engine is just as robust
The Everest boasts diesel engines from Ford's reliable family of Duratorq powertrains, which are mated to six-speed auto or manual transmissions. The 3.2-liter variant produces 200 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque. The 2.2-liter version produces 160 horsepower and 385 Nm of torque.
Here are the various pricepoints of these variants:
- 2.2-liter 4x2 Ambiente MT - P1,339,000
- 2.2-liter 4x2 Ambiente AT - P1,399,000
- 2.2-liter 4x2 Trend AT - P1,539,000
- 2.2-liter 4x2 Titanium AT - P1,639,000
- 3.2-liter 4x4 Titanium AT - P1,899,000
Lastly, it's one of those cars that look even better when they're dirty: