Two months after unveiling the all-new 2022 Ford Ranger, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) has officially unveiled the 2022 Ford Everest in Malaysia. The third-generation SUV, which competes against the Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X in the ASEAN region, is available for sale here in three variants. These are the 2WD Sport, 4WD Trend and 4WD Titanium.
The new seven-seater, which was presented in March this year, is 4,914 mm long, 1,923 mm wide and 1,841 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,900 mm. The track has also been increased by 50mm for a more controlled ride on the tarmac.
In terms of styling, the front end features a mix of horizontal and vertical elements, some of which are familiar from the Ranger and Raptor. Clues include C-clamp daytime running lights first seen on the Maverick and a grille that matches the lines of the standard Ranger. The latter is finished in black on the Sport, while the horizontal accents are clad in chrome on the Trend and Titanium.
The Sport and Trend come with LED headlights with manual leveling, while the Titanium gets Matrix LED projector headlights with auto high beam. The fog lights are LED units, while the rear features integrated full-width LED taillights.
Viewed from the side, the strong shoulder line gives Everest a muscular shape, and the wider track further reinforces the SUV’s presence. As for the wheels, the Sport and Titanium get 20-inch alloys (with 255/55 tread tires), while the Trend comes with 18-inch units (and 255/65 rubbers).
Elsewhere, new roof rails allow the Everest to carry static loads of up to 350kg and dynamic loads of up to 100kg on the roof, allowing the SUV to carry bikes, canoes, cargo pods or a rooftop tent.
For Malaysia, the Everest gets two engine and powertrain options, with the mills being the familiar single-turbo and the bi-turbo 2.0 inline-four diesels as seen on the Ranger. The sports variant comes with the 2.0 single turbo, which offers 170 hp at 3,500 rpm and 405 Nm from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. It is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Trend and Titanium are equipped with the bi-turbo unit, which provides 210 hp at 3,750 rpm and 500 Nm of power from 1,750 to 2,000 rpm. This is paired with the automaker’s 10R80 10-speed SelectShift automatic, which gets a new-style e-shifter on the Titanium. Both variants also come with a two-speed electronic on-the-fly transfer case, also known as part-time four-wheel drive, with an E-locking rear differential.
In terms of driving modes, the Sport offers four – Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul and Siippery, while the 4WD variants add two more, namely Mud/Ruts and Sand. Everest’s technical capability remains high. It still has a water fording capability of up to 800mm and a maximum braked towing capacity of up to 3,500kg.
Inside, the cabin has been completely redesigned, with Ford saying a lot of thought has gone into the function and feel of the interior, taking inspiration from modern homes and introducing improved materials and premium finishes, as well as ambient lighting to the cabin. Attention has also been paid to making the interior quieter so that the front-row occupants can better communicate with the second- and third-row passengers.
The Everest comes standard with leather upholstery, ebony interior, eight-way power front seats, an 8-inch TFT digital instrument cluster, Qi wireless charging, and an electronic parking brake, among other features. Both the Sport and Titanium come with a hands-free tailgate.
A SYNC 4A system takes care of all matters relating to communication, entertainment and information, with a large portrait touchscreen (10.1″ on the Sport and Trend and a 12″ unit on the Titanium) for presentation tasks with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and an eight-speaker audio system are also in the mix.
As far as space goes, there’s now more elbow, leg and shoulder room front and back. and access to the 50:50 split third-row seats is now easier thanks to the 60:40 split second-row seats, which slide farther forward than before. Both rear rows have also been designed to fold flat to offer improved loading capability, powering those of the Titanium. There’s more storage space for occupants, and power outlets in all three rows allow for charging of devices for everyone on board.
In terms of active safety, the Everest gets seven airbags, ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, rollover mitigation, and Adaptive Load Control.
As driver assistance functions, Sport and Trend are equipped with an emergency brake signal, turning assistant, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. The Titanium adds a range of advanced driver assistance systems including Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Assist and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Also on board are adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering, Active Parking Assist 2.0, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse brake assist, as well as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support and pre-collision assist.
Seven colors are available for the Everest, namely Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, Equinox Bronze, Meteor Gray, Sedona Orange, and Lightning Blue, the last one just for sports.
The 2022 Ford Everest costs as follows (all on-the-road, excluding insurance):
- Everest Sport – RM263,888
- Everest trend – RM281,888
- Everest Titan – RM308,888
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