Developed on the foundation of Ford’s SUV heritage and Built Ford Tough credentials, there will be no mistaking the new Ford Everest aka Ford Endeavour (in Indian market) when it arrives on the roads of Asia Pacific next year.
The seven-seat SUV’s wide stance and bold front end exemplify the vehicle’s capability and impressive off-road credentials, while the chiseled, sculptural curves of the exterior hint at the refined interior within.
“Looking at the Everest, consumers know what they’re getting at a glance – an exceptionally capable vehicle with an unmatched level of comfort,” said David Dewitt, exterior design manager, Ford Asia Pacific. “The new Ford Everest goes beyond anything we’ve seen before in this segment.”
Following extensive research into markets and consumer preferences – the most research ever conducted for a vehicle developed by Ford in Asia Pacific – Ford created a tough and powerful off-road SUV packed with modern features, a comfortable, carlike interior, and smart, sophisticated design.
“Customers told us they wanted an SUV that balances off-road toughness with a refined, comfortable interior, and we listened,” said Dewitt. “This vehicle reflects what the consumer wants, inside and out.”
The design of the new Ford Everest was led by Ford’s global Design Centre in Australia, drawing on Ford’s global 50-year SUV heritage and its extensive expertise in the utility segment.
Sculpted, aerodynamic exterior
The new Ford Everest’s unshakable toughness and technological capability is embodied in its rugged yet refined appearance, delivering a bold, modern design that reflects power and ultimate control on the road.
“The new Everest’s exterior is a unique mixture of modern sensibility, functional design and classic Ford cues,” said Dewitt. “Ford has been designing SUVs for nearly 50 years, so we were able to draw from that heritage and leverage our collective knowledge. Every line on the surface of the Everest visualizes its ruggedness and capability, while delivering a modern, sleek vehicle that is unmistakably a Ford.”
At first glance, Ford’s design DNA is most visible in the bold, inverted trapezoidal grille that firmly establishes the new Ford Everest as a member of the global One Ford family of vehicles. The muscular hood, integrated headlamps with signature LED daytime running lights and front bumper visualize the vehicle’s power and rugged capability. The headlamps connected to the grille help create a unified, horizontal design theme that gives it a strong presence on the road.
The new Ford Everest’s headlamps wrap around the grille’s edges for a technical, robust look that helps to communicate the vehicle’s functionality. From the grille, the lamps are chiseled back in a sweeping design that projects a modern and aerodynamic appearance. At the lower half of the front end, an integrated bumper connects to the fog lamps and carries on the horizontal theme, giving the vehicle a proud and modern look.
The chiseled and refined theme continues through the vehicle’s sides, where designers eschewed superfluous details.
“From the side, the Everest appears sculptural, without sacrificing its robust, bold nature. The large, integrated wheel lips are surfaced and executed in a very refined way,” said Dewitt. “Where there are technical details, they’re balanced with sleekness and sophistication.”
Prominent LED tail lamps that recall chiseled design details throughout the vehicle sit over a negative scallop at the rear, extending a sense of sculptural refinement and avoiding the square, flat look of a traditional SUV liftgate. Underneath the tailgate, a rear undershield echoes the front of the vehicle and gives the Ford Everest a firmly planted look.
Blending sophisticated design and engineering, the proud and chiseled body also maximizes function: Key exterior design elements, such as integrated aerodynamic “kickers” flanking the rear window, give the new Ford Everest unsurpassed aerodynamic performance, with a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.389. A 3D-formed aerodynamic front undershield similarly routes airflow under the Ford Everest as efficiently as possible, helping it to slip smoothly through the air.
The capabilities of the new Ford Everest are driven by a range of refined, powerful and efficient engines: the latest generation of Ford’s tried-and-tested four-cylinder 2.2-liter and five-cylinder 3.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, and a new 2.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine.
Fitted with an upgraded turbocharger, injection system and exhaust-gas recirculation system to improve energy efficiency, the 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi engine offers excellent engine performance. With projected class-leading fuel economy and carbon-dioxide emissions, the engine offers customers a compelling mix of efficiency and responsiveness.
For maximum power and torque without sacrificing fuel efficiency, Ford will offer a five-cylinder 3.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. Both diesel engines can be mated to a robust six-speed manual transmission or Ford’s tried-and-true 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift manual mode.
The six-speed manual transmission provides crisp and precise shifting, with an upshift indicator in the instrument panel to help drivers achieve the best possible fuel economy. The automatic transmission – the same transmission proven in millions of Ford F-series trucks around the world – has been carefully calibrated for the new Ford Everest to improve refinement and efficiency.
Ford will also offer the new Ford Everest with a new twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine with projected best-in-class fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions. The advanced direct-injected turbocharged engine combines power and responsiveness, punching above its weight and offering more power than a conventional 3.5-liter V6 engine. Paired to the 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine provides smooth and refined power delivery.
“Whether equipped with the latest generation of EcoBoost technology or one of our proven Duratorq diesel engines, we’ve created a powerful, rugged and capable SUV with stunning design and high levels of refinement,” said Worthington. “Most importantly, the new Ford Everest is a thrill to drive. It’s the complete package.”
Confidence-Inspiring Advanced Technology
The new Ford Everest’s innovative and smart technologies give drivers the confidence they need to embark on any journey, be it to a child’s first day of school or a far-flung destination across rugged terrain. The new Everest’s active safety technologies – many of which are segment-first – give all types of drivers the peace of mind they need on the road.
“All drivers want to feel safe, secure and confident when they’re behind the wheel, no matter how they use their vehicle,” said Worthington. “The technology in the Ford Everest has it all, from segment-first safety technology to smart driving systems ready to help out in any situation.”
In a first for the off-road medium SUV segment, the new Ford Everest is available with Curve Control, designed to help drivers keep control of their vehicles in the event of misjudging a turn. The Curve Control system can sense when a vehicle is entering a curve too quickly, and can apply four-wheel braking and reduce engine torque to slow the vehicle by as much 16 km/h in about one second.
To decrease the likelihood of collisions, Forward Alert with Collision Mitigation employs front radar to measure the distance between the vehicle and moving objects ahead. If the system determines that the “time to collision” is below a certain threshold, it issues a warning – both aurally and visually via an indicator light projected on the windscreen. If the driver doesn’t react, the braking system is pre-charged, and brakes are automatically applied with 0.3 g of deceleration as soon as the driver lifts off the gas pedal.
Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) also contributes to peace of mind by using radar sensors to help to detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving above 10 km/h. The system provides a warning LED light in the wing mirror when a vehicle is detected, increasing driver awareness and reducing stress.
To increase awareness in even more situations, BLIS works in conjunction with Cross Traffic Alert, which uses side radar to alert drivers of vehicles they cannot see. Cross Traffic Alert is especially useful when parked between two larger vehicles: It can detect a vehicle approaching from as many as seven parking spaces away on either side, informing the driver and giving improved confidence when backing out.
Roll Stability Control monitors the vehicle’s movement and its interaction with the road. When it detects a potential rollover situation, the system can apply brakes and reduce engine torque to mitigate the chance of a rollover. Similarly, Electronic Stability Program helps keep the Ford Everest on track – especially in slippery driving conditions – by applying the brakes and reducing engine power to keep passengers safe and the vehicle on course.
The new Ford Everest features some of the smartest headlights on the road. Auto High Beam Control uses a front-mounted camera to actively identify and classify light sources like traffic and streetlights, and automatically activates the high beams as needed. The system is designed to maximize visibility at night to reduce driver fatigue and stress without creating a nuisance for other drivers.
The Ford Everest has both high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) powered by smart technology, enabling them to automatically adjust themselves based on available light. For added safety, the Ford Everest runs its energy-efficient DRLs all day to increase visibility to other vehicles and to provide a distinctive face of Ford to other road users in all driving conditions.