Ford has provided information on its next-generation Everest, saying that it’s, “blending
adventure-ready capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a
rugged, refined and fun to drive SUV.

“Built for the adventurous – with capability at its core. Inside, premium levels of
craftsmanship have created a quiet and refined sanctuary for up to seven, while new
technology and safety features make every journey more memorable.

“When we started imagining the Next-Gen Everest, we started not at the beginning but at
the end: With our customers,” said Ian Foston, chief platform engineer for Everest.
“They’re people who like adventure, recreation and being able to go out with family and
friends. Whether they’re conquering sand, rocks or city life, these customers appreciate
the utility, capability and spaciousness of an SUV.”

Ford Australia will offer four variants of the Next-Gen Everest. The Australian range will
start with Ambiente, followed by Trend. Sport joins the range as a full-time model, while
the new flagship variant Platinum will offer luxury and comfort.

Platinum is powered by the new 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel, with a 10-speed automatic and
permanent four-wheel drive. The 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel will also be available on Sport.

Platinum’s grille design with hot foil accented mesh and silk chrome accents is said to
create a sophisticated look and premium feel. The luxury interior features heated and
ventilated premium leather accented front seats, with 10-way power adjustment and
memory function for the driver.

The front seats are finished with quilted inserts and signature Platinum badging. In
Platinum, second-row seat occupants can also enjoy heated seats. A panoramic roof adds
to the luxurious and spacious feel of the interior.

Access to the third-row seats is now easier thanks to second-row seats that slide further
forward than before.

All occupants now have places to store their things. In the Trend, Sport and Platinum
variants have power outlets in all three rows.
Ford has prioritised flexible seating in the Next-Gen Everest; the second-row slides with a
60:40 split seatback while on Platinum the 50:50 split third row in seven-seat configuration
can be folded at the touch of a button. Importantly, both the second and third row seats
have been designed to fold flat to allow for long loads to be carried safely.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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