Teased last year in Ford's 'Guess Who' campaign, the Everest will replace the Territory in the local lineup, but differs from the Aussie-developed vehicle in that it's what Ford calls a "traditional" SUV and not a car-based vehicle like the Territory.
Ford says more than 11,000 online expressions of interest have been received for the Everest, with 25,000 requests for brochures on the upcoming model. While the Everest won't be built here, it was designed and engineered in Australia.
A competitor to Toyota's LandCruiser Prado, Ford says the Everest is superior to the Prado in terms of the level of technology, safety features and standard equipment. This includes Lane Keeping Aid, Auto High Beam, Active Park Assist, Active Noise Cancellation and SYNC voice-activated infotainment with Emergency Assistance and MyKey.
Other Everest features not found on the Prado include:
-3,000kg towing capacity
-Driver alert system
-Electric Power Assisted Steering
-Automatic high beam control
The Everest's advanced Terrain Management System balances off-road and on-road capability. It is also equipped with Curve Control Technology, designed to maximise security on winding roads. These new technologies partnered with Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control systems provide what Ford says is a reassuring, smooth and fun ride. A Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) to aid in lane changing and blind spots is also available.
Off-road capability is evidenced by a wading depth of 800mm - better than any other SUV in its class - and a ground clearance of 225mm. The Australian designed and engineered vehicle has an approach angle of 29 degrees; departure angle of 25 degrees and a ramp-over angle of 21 degrees. Towing capacity is up to 3,000kg.
From launch, Everests will be available with Ford's voice-controlled SYNC system so the driver can use the Bluetooth-capable infotainment while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
See your Ford dealer for further details on the upcoming Everest SUV.