I went to the Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show last weekend – while I was there, I was very lucky to be amongst the lucky Dubbo residents who were able to view the amazing Ford Everest for the first time. Here are my first impressions of the Everest…..
Where do I start with the Everest? Ford have got themselves a very capable family-size 4WD wagon – they have used the Ranger’s chassis and running gear to create this. One thing I really, really like is the Microsoft SYNC system as part of the audio system – available on the Trend and Titanium, this allows the driver to control things, like the air-conditioning, the audio system and the Bluetooth, with his or her voice. As for the Bluetooth, you can use it not only to talk on your phone hands-free but stream audio from a compatible device, such as a iPod or a smartphone.
Another really good thought on Ford’s behalf is the inclusion of a 230V AC power outlet in the second row – this outlet is handy for people who need to charge a phone, a iPod (although there is a 12V outlet alongside where you can use a iPod charger), etc.
The Everest is powered by a 3.2 litre 5 cylinder common-rail direct injection turbocharged intercooled diesel engine (as per the Ranger) with 143kW of power and 470Nm of torque. This engine uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce the emissions of NOx in the exhaust. The power is put to all four wheels via a 6 speed automatic transmission with manual controls.
Overall, I feel the Everest is very well finished, everything inside is easily reached and fits in with the overall theme. I think that the competition are going to be easily scared – the competition (Isuzu MU-X and Holden Colorado7) look exactly like the utes on which they are based. Ford have gone the opposite way with the Everest – the grille looks like it was taken from the previous generation Ford Explorer in the States (the Terrain Management system definitely is!)…. this is what sets the Everest apart from the Ranger.
Fit and Finish: 5/5