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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, September 16, 2017
ORD Everest is a big, rugged
4WD / SUV that’s been around
in other countries since 2003
but didn’t arrive in Australia
until the release of the third
generation model in late 2015.
Although it’s fully imported from
Thailand it is an important model
for Ford Australia as the company
moves away from vehicle production
while retaining local employment by
providing technical input through
its research and development
Although the arrival of Ford
Everest almost dove-tailed with the
departure of the popular Territory
the two vehicles are quite different.
Everest is a serious off-roader that’s
built on the same platform as the
company’s \ Ranger ute while the
locally-produced Territory was a
typical urban family wagon based on
Everest, as the name suggests, is
big. At just under five metres long
and over two metres wide it takes up
a fair bit of road space with converts
into a versatile and spacious cabin
capable of carrying up to seven
occupants and gear in relative
Our Everest road test vehicle was
the entry-level Ambiente AWD. It
comes with 17-inch alloy wheels
which tend to look a bit puny inside
the large wheel arches designed to
cater for the 20-inchers of the top-
The big and bold chromed
trapezoidal radiator grille is flanked
by the latest in integrated projector
headlamp / daytime running light
set-ups that improves visibility
to approaching drivers in poor
weather conditions. At the rear there
sculpted tail lamps with integrated
The higher specced Trend and
Titanium models also get running
Everest is available in three
variants, Ambiente, Trend and
Titanium spanning a price range
from $47,990 to $74,701. The entry-
level Ambiente has five seats with
a pair of third-row seats available
for an additional $1000. Trend and
Titanium models have seven seats.
Ambiente and Trend come with
either rear- or four-wheel drive.
All Everest models are powered by
Ford’s 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-
diesel Duratorq engine as used in
the Ranger. It generates 147 kW of
power at 3000 rpm and torque of 470
Nm from 1750 to 2500 revs. Towing
capacity of up to 3000 kg is offered if
the trailer is braked.
It’s not the quietest diesel engine
we’ve encountered but shouldn’t be
an issue with a vehicle of this sort.
The only gearbox is a six-speed
For off-road driving Everest uses
Ford’s Terrain Management System
(TMS) to alter throttle response,
transmission, traction control and an
intelligent four-wheel drive system
to maximise performance under
varying conditions. From a knob on
the centre console the driver can
select from normal, snow, gravel,
grass, sand or rock.
The control also incorporates
hill descent control, which can be
activated in any conditions. An
electronic locking rear differential
helps prevent the rear wheels
from spinning while driving
off-road, increasing traction in
difficult terrain. It can be locked
automatically when using off-road
TMS modes, or switched manually
using the differential lock button.
All Everests are available with
seven seats, either standard or as
an option. The second row slides
forward far enough to improve
access to the back row.
Two adults and three children can
travel in comfort although a third
adult can get into the centre middle
row with a fair bit of elbow contact.
The second row seats have a 60/40
split and the third row 50/50. With all
seats in place there is a reasonable
450 litres of storage space left.
Lowering the third seats (there is
a power-fold facility) extends that
to 1050 litres while with all five rear
seats down it can carry up to 2010
Ambiente and Trend have cloth
seats, Titanium gets leather trim.
There are air conditioning
vents and controls at the back of
the centre console to assist rear
passenger comfort. All Everest
models get dual-zone climate
control. There’s a power-operated
tailgate in the Trend and Titanium.
The twin drink holders between
the front seats are far too shallow
to adequately hold any but the
smallest of containers – an accident
waiting to happen.
All Everest models employ an
8.0-inch colour touchscreen for
infotainment system display and
control together with a 4.2-inch
colour instrumentation screen for
driving data. The system uses Ford’s
Sync3 connectivity system with
Applink and enhanced voice control.
It syncs with both Apple CarPlay and
Trend and Titanium get satellite
navigation with a traffic message
The audio system includes DAB+
digital and 10 speakers with Aux,
iPod, USB and SD card input ports.
The ports are sensibly located at the
rear of a smartphone-sized pocket at
the base of the dashboard.
Ford Everest has been awarded a
five-star ANCAP rating.
Standard safety equipment in all
models includes seven airbags with
curtain ‘bags covering all three seat
rows; enhanced ABS brakes; trailer
sway control; reversing camera and
rear parking sensors, the last two
features a bonus in such a large
The mid-spec Trend adds halogen
daytime running lights; front parking
sensors; adaptive cruise control with
forward collision alert; lane-keeping
assist; and auto high-beam control.
Titanium tops off the safety
feature list with tyre pressure
monitoring; blind spot monitoring;
active park assist; LED daytime
running lights; and, one of our
favourites, rear cross-traffic alert
which warns of approaching vehicles
when reversing out of front-in
Our Ambiente used a key-in-
ignition engine start, which is still
my preferred method. No problem
during the day but because the
keyhole is located behind the
steering wheel and isn’t illuminated
at night it frequently proved difficult
to find. We even had to either turn
on the interior lights or open the
front door to locate it.
Everest’s Aussie engineering
input shows in its excellent balance
of rugged off-road capability and
refined on-road manners enhanced
by the Terrain Management System.
On the open road our AWD
Everest proved surprisingly stable
through moderately sharp corners
noticeably less body roll than we
found in some competitors. Steering
is precise and responsive.
We didn’t get the opportunity to
use the optional towing pack but
with Everest’s peak torque starting at
1750 rpm we’ve no doubt that low-
down pulling power would have no
trouble with the typical Australian
cargo of horse float or boat.
We did do a couple of laps around
our local rough track and found just
how well the big Ford coped with
sections of rocky and rutted terrain.
There’s plenty of ground clearance
and the TMS combined with the
traction control and accessible
torque proved suggested that it
could handle much more extended
and challenging tests. We might
have to try and schedule one in!
Interior noise has been reduced
through the use of sound-deadening
under the bonnet, in the floor and
firewall giving the big Ford a more
refined, SUV rather than pickup, feel.
We split our fuel consumption
readings between the on-road and
off-road segments of our week-
long road test. On the suburban /
motorway component we logged
an impressive 7.1 litres per 100
kilometres on the motorway.
However, true to form, the beast
devoured anything up to 16 litres of
diesel per 100 prowling around town.
With local vehicle production
all but finished our locally-based
companies are searching for means
of proving that they can still make
contributions to the industry. New
Ford Everest is a promising example
of how Aussie know-how can be
utilised around the world. Let’s hope
this is just the beginning.
For all your Ford requirements
contact Davison Ford LMCT 6390 on
the corner of 15th St and Etiwanda
Ave, Mildura, phone 5021 5757 or
A great example of Aussie know-how
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