So here it is, the first virtual launch of a mass market vehicle in the Philippines, and probably not the last.
Ford Philippines has finally launched the Everest Sport. If you’ll recall, this vehicle was supposed to be launched back in March. Underneath the hood, this thing packs a familiar 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine capable of 178hp and 420Nm of torque mated to the brand’s 10-speed automatic transmission. So, no performance enhancements here. Instead, you’re looking at a handful of upgrades meant to endow the Everest with a more energetic vibe.
In terms of aesthetics, the Everest Sport gets blacked-out components, such as a new intricate mesh grille design and side mirror housings, new ‘Everest’ badging, attractive black 20-inch alloy wheels, and ‘sport’ decals. Inside, it flaunts special blue contrast stitching all over the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, center console, and door trims. The Everest Sport is available in four colors: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue.
Other niceties include a 10-speaker sound setup, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a power driver’s seat, and a power liftgate. All of these features, though, can be had with non-Sport units.
“The new Everest Sport supports the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the market today,” PK Umashankar, Ford Philippines managing director, said in a statement. “We are confident that the new Ford Everest Sport will set another standard for midsize SUVs in the market with its design and technology that match various needs and lifestyles.”
So, how much for the Everest Sport? It carries a P1,868,000 price tag. Sale of the vehicle begins tomorrow, May 22, and customers who place reservations before May 31 will get a free three-year scheduled service plan. What do you think of the package? Does it warrant the cost? Let us know what you think in the comments.