• New XLT derivative pairs the single turbo two-litre diesel engine with the 10-speed automatic gearbox.
• The engine produces 132kW and 420Nm with 340Nm available from 1250r/min.
• Ford says this new model is a value for money offering in the range.
Ford has added a new derivative to its local Everest range in the form of a XLT 2.0-litre single turbo 4x4 model.
The new model is priced at R679 400 and features the company's 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has also added LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and automatic headlamp leveling as standard on all Everest XLT and Limited models.
"The Ford Everest remains one of the best equipped, most capable and versatile vehicles in its segment, and these characteristics are especially true of the New Everest that was launched last year," says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford SA.
The new XLT single turbo 4x4 model takes the range up to seven.
"This new derivative slots in perfectly between the existing XLT 4x2 with the same 2.0 Single Turbo engine and the powerful 157kW 2.0 Bi-Turbo derivatives, thereby offering the ideal combination of sure-footed all-terrain capability along with exceptional fuel consumption and superb value for money," Mashinini adds.
The turbodiesel engine produces 132kW of power and 420Nm of torque available from 1750 to 2500rpm – with up to 340Nm available from as low as 1250rpm.
The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that features an electronic control system with real-time adaptive shift-scheduling, engineered to help select the correct gear at the right time, including skip-shift and direct downshift capabilities.
The 'box features a Progressive Range Select (PRS), which gives the driver the ability to lock out gears from the automatic shifting range.
This system is aids the driver in slippery conditions, when towing or climbing steep gradients.
This particular model features a permanent four-wheel drive system and uses a Terrain Management System to provide the driver with assistance in different applications. Via a rotary dial next to the gear lever to engage the various drive modes: Normal, Rock Crawl, Mud and Sand.
This system points the engine and drivetrain according to the terrain by adjusting throttle response, gear selection and traction control, as well as the engagement of high or low-range, with a standard rear differential lock further aiding traction on uneven surfaces.
Standard safety trim on the XLT includes keyless unlocking and push-button starting. Front and rear parking sensors are provided that are linked to an integrated rearview camera.
The infotainment is the Sync3 with Navigation is standard on the XLT and Limited models, linked to the integrated 20cmh touchscreen colour display. There are two USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.
The system boasts fully-featured embedded navigation, convenient multi-touch gestures (such as swipe, slide, scroll and pinch-to-zoom), plus voice recognition. The Sync3 system also offers smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Everest range pricing -
2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 4x2 - R552 500
2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x2 - R637 800
2.0 SiT XLT 10AT 4x4 - R679 400
2.0 BiT XLT 10AT 4x2 - R693 300
3.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4x4 - R715 300
2.0 BiT XLT 10AT 4x4 - R744 500
2.0 BiT Limited 10AT 4x4 - R819 400
Ford's Protect service encompasses a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.
A six-year or 90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.
Compiled by Sean Parker