Metro Manila’s roads are unforgiving—rough, congested, and terribly prone to flooding. That’s why Filipinos have shown loyalty to vehicles such as midsize SUVs that provide both comfort and the capability needed to brave the driving conditions in the metro.
One such midsize SUV that has seen its fair share of success in the Philippine automotive setting is the Ford Everest. It first arrived on local shores way back in 2003, and has been a mainstay ever since. In fact, it even received a refresh just recently.
If you want to know more about the facelifted Ford Everest, read on.
This new design doesn’t really have many aesthetic changes from the pre-facelift version, except for the improved front fascia. Front and center is a front grille that’s still adorned with a nice amount of chrome. The side mirrors and the door handles also feature a chrome finish. LED daytime running lights come as standard across the range.
The new Ford Everest comes in six different colors, namely: Arctic White, Absolute Black, Meteor Gray, Sunset Red, Diffused Silver, and Aluminum Metallic.
Some people might find the interior color scheme a bit too dark for their taste, but it’s hard to deny that the cabin of this SUV boasts a premium vibe. There’s an abundance of leather all around, not just on the seats themselves, but also on the sidings and the dash. The black leather seats provide a generous amount of cushioning, and complement the classy design of the interior as well. There’s also a tasteful amount of gloss-black plastic and chrome trim providing a sense of balance to the overall design.
The Everest measures 4,893mm long by 1,862mm wide by 1,836mm tall, and has a ground clearance of 225mm. It comes with two engines choices: a 2.0-liter turbodiesel capable of sending 178hp and 420Nm to a 4x2 drivetrain, or a 2.0-liter bi-turbodiesel mill that delivers 210hp and 500Nm to all four wheels. Both engine options are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. Fuel capacity maxes out at 80 liters.
Ventilated disc brakes and a double-wishbone suspension with coil springs are equipped up front, while solid disc brakes and a coil-spring setup with Watt’s linkage are provided at the rear. Both ends get anti-roll bars.
Ford didn’t hold back on driver-assist and safety features on this SUV, either. Electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, traction control, rollover mitigation and brake assist, hill-launch assist, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, and blind-spot information with cross-traffic alert come as a standard with the Everest. All variants get a seven-airbag setup. For extra convenience, drivers with their hands full can open or close the liftgate automatically by simply making a kicking motion under the rear bumper. and can fold the third-row seats at the push of a button.
If you choose to get the top-of-the-line Everest, you’ll also get to enjoy other added features such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection (autonomous emergency braking), adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, lane-keeping assist, a driver alert system, and auto high beam control. Another cool exclusive feature is the active park assist, which is pretty handy especially for those who find parallel-parking a tedious chore. Oh, and a panoramic moonroof with power controls also gets thrown into the deal, too.
Here are the prices and variants of the recently launched Ford Everest:
That’s pretty much everything about the new Everest. We’ve yet to find out how this redesigned model will do against its strong competitors. You can check out more photos of the vehicle below, and tell us what you think in the comments.