Who doesn’t love a vehicle that offers the comfort and safety features of a family car and the off-road competence of an SUV? Even if you rarely (or never) go off the beaten path, such a vehicle proves useful for the metro’s unforgiving roads.
This is probably why Ford’s midsize SUV has been a very popular choice among Filipinos since it first arrived on local shores in 2003. The Ford Everest recently got a refresh, although we can’t blame you if you can’t find the subtle tweaks. Clue: the grille, front bumper, and wheel design are new.
But the big story isn’t the facelift. It’s this: the new Everest is now powered by the same engine found under the hood of Ford’s super pickup, the Ranger Raptor. The new Everest 4×4 (P2,299,000) is propelled by the Raptor’s 2.0-liter biturbo diesel engine that puts out 210hp and 500Nm. It even has the Raptor’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the 4×2 variant (P1,995,000) is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel motor (178hp and 420Nm), which is the same one found in the Ranger Wildtrak. Like the 4×4, this engine is mated to a 10-speed gearbox.
Smarter and safer than ever
The new Everest is a highly advanced technology-led SUV, with segment-leading driver-assist technologies (DATs).
Both variants of the Everest feature smart keyless entry and push-button start, hands-free liftgate, SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 8.0-inch full color touchscreen. Other amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, steering wheel with media controls, USB and 12V charging ports, a 230V power inverter, and adaptive LED headlights.
When it comes to safety, the 2020 Everest comes standard with seven SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera, electronic stability control, and blind spot information system. The Everest Titanium+ 4×4 AT adds even more, namely: automatic high beam control, hill descent control, lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.
The 4×4 variant also comes with Active Park Assist, which automatically steers the vehicle into a parking space, and 4WD Terrain Management System, which maximizes its surefootedness whatever terrain you’re driving in.
The refreshed 2020 Everest benefits from lower service maintenance cost with a once a year scheduled service (or every 10,000 kilometers, whichever comes first) instead of current scheme of twice a year.
Thinking of getting one? Pick from the six available colors: Diffused Silver, Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, Meteor Gray, and Sunset Red.