• Ford will launch an all-new version of the popular Everest SUV called Sport in the middle of April.
• Although there's a range of six turbo engines in total– in 2.0-litre and 3.2-litre specification - local buyers can choose between two, turbocharged 2.0-litre engines.
• The top-of-the-range Titanium model in other markets makes use of a 2.0-litre Bi-turbo diesel engine that makes 157kW and 500Nm.
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Ford is starting 2021 on an upwards trajectory with the introduction of an all-new Everest Sport SUV to be launched in the middle of April.
Having already introduced the Ranger FX4 bakkie to the local market, the Everest Sport carries on special edition models' lineage from the blue-oval brand.
A balanced package
With it being Ford's premium offering in the ever-growing SUV market, normal just wasn't going to cut it anymore, and it shows with how well-equipped the Sport is.
It boasts an impressive list of standard mechanical features like a Terrain Management System and an electronic locking rear differential, to name but a few.
Priced from R662 800, it comes in much cheaper than the mu-X at R675 300 and trails the Fortuner in first place with a retail price tag of R581 000. It firmly has the latter in sight in a bid to topple the segment leader.
20-inch Black alloy wheels
One of the biggest standouts on the Everest Sport is the beefy 20-inch alloy wheels that come as standard. It's painted in black to give it that added physical grunt no matter which of the six body colour options you opt for.
On an SUV this size, a bigger wheel was always necessary to provide the added grip and improved road-holding capabilities needed to traverse different surfaces.
Improved fuel economy
Thanks in large part to the turbo diesel engine and sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford claims a fuel consumption figure of 6.9-litres/100km from its 2.0-litre offerings.
Compared to the Isuzu mu-X (7.3-litres/100km) and Toyota Fortuner (6.8-litres/100km) - its closest rivals. In terms of fuel consumption, it already looks like a winner on paper.
Not wanting for power
Although there's a range of six turbo engines in total - in 2.0-litre and 3.2-litre specification - the Everest Sport is only available with the single turbo 2.0-litre diesel engines.
This engines has a power output of 132kW and 420Nm, and is mated to Ford's acclaimed 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose between 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain configurations.
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To let people know its not your typical 'run of the mill' Everest, the SUV features a host of Sport-specific additions. People will already know something is amiss by those unique 20-inch wheels.
Other additions include a black mesh front grille, bi-LED headlamps, a black front and rear bumper, tailgate and ebony roof rails, and leather accented seats and capital blue stitching.
Convenience and safety
If you're going to be paying more than R600 000 for a vehicle, you'd want it to have a detailed list of safety and convenience features at your disposal. The Everest Sport certainly does not lack in that department.
Every Everest model features Roll Over Mitigation and SYNC 3 Emergency Assistance, Cross-Traffic Alert, Electronic Stability Programme with traction control, Lane Keeping Assist and the presence of seven airbags for both front and rear passengers. Other convenience features include Active Park Assist, front and rear parking sensors, and keyless entry and keyless start.