Everest 2WD . . . the new black
FORD is offering something different with its special edition Ford Everest FX2, a 2WD version.
While the Everest range has gained much respect for its rugged off-road qualities, Ford has correctly recognised that the majority of drivers spend their time on the hard seal and this vehicle is going to really appeal to them, coming as it does with all the general specifications of the off-road ones.
That includes the awesome 3.2 litre turbo diesel engine with its 143kW of power and 470Nm of torque, and the seven seat capacity that puts it right at the top level of the SUV world.
As well as a supreme people mover, the Everest will tow your boat or caravan with a braked towing capacity of 3000 kg. It is the same engine that has been such a big part of the Ranger, which has boosted Ford’s sales in New Zealand so much. A tow bar is standard.
The Everest is perfectly set up for New Zealand driving conditions, with a shorter wheelbase and different suspension. Match this with an electronic stability programme, and traction and hill descent control, and you have a big vehicle that feels like something much smaller to drive with accurate steering and no body roll.
The interior is something else — spacious and comfortable and packed with features like dual climate control. The two back seats fold down extremely easily, no fiddling needed.
It is no exaggeration to say there would be room for a mattress, you really could sleep in it and getting in would be easy, thanks to a power tailgate.
When it comes to the bells and whistles test, the Everest is more than up to the mark.
An eight-inch colour touchscreen will connect you to either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as well as satellite navigation and a radio and music sound system that beams in through 10 speakers.
The Everest has Ford’s well regarded SYNC3 infotainment system and Bluetooth with voice control.
Also on the Everest’s long list of features are popular ones like adaptive cruise control, auto dimming rear mirrors, high beam control and on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, MyKey, active noise cancellation and front fog lamps.
Then there are safety “specs” like forward alert with collision mitigation, a lane- keeping aid, lane-departure warning, and a rear camera.
One interesting feature of the special edition is that it has more black then New Zealand’s favourite sports team.
That includes the stylish exterior and even the wheels, as well as plush leather seating and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
A choice of one colour then — black. Is that a tribute to Henry Ford and his Model T? The company’s founding mogul would be pleased.