The Ford Everest Concept isn’t earmarked for the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it needs to be completely ignored. On the contrary, the Everest Concept deserves it place on this page, in part because it showcases what Ford says is the future styling direction of of its midsize, seven-seat SUV for the ASEAN and global markets.
That’s pretty big news considering how much Ford has invested in a region that’s only becoming more and more important to the company’s bottom line.
The Everest Concept builds on the tradition of the SUV that has proudly carried its name for years. It’s got all the unmistakable Ford design characteristics that perfectly highlights how the company has managed to combine style, function, and all-around toughness into one package.
A vehicle like the Ford Everest Concept not only strengthens Ford’s utility offerings in the region, but it also marks as a testament to the commitment the Blue Oval has made to becoming a major player in a market that’s only going to get bigger and better in the years to come.
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Ford Everest Concept in Detail
The design of the Everest Concept exudes the strong and powerful presence that Ford was aiming for. Specific design cues accomplish that, specifically the newly-designed headlights that are connected to the inverted trapezoid grille. You might recognize the latter because Ford has been using it a lot in its recent models, including the EcoSport, another one of the company’s globally-specified models.
Overall the Everest Concept’s muscular dimensions does its namesake proud. Even the back of the vehicle, with its prominent, chiseled tail lamps over a negative scallop, gives the Everest’s physique that much more intimidating to look at.
Presenting a breakthrough blend of strength, style and technology, Ford showcased the new Ford Everest Concept at the Bangkok International Auto Show today. The ASEAN debut of the Ford Everest Concept follows its global reveal in Sydney in August 2013.
“The Ford Everest Concept shows the bold new direction that we envision for a mid-size, seven-seat SUV that has been designed for ASEAN and global markets,” said Matt Bradley, president, Ford ASEAN.
“Extending Ford’s unsurpassed heritage of creating class-defining SUVs, the Everest Concept features a stunning design that hints at its toughness and exceptional capability. And, like the current Everest, the production version of this next-generation SUV will be built right here in Thailand.”
The Ford Everest Concept builds on Ford’s SUV expertise and is aimed squarely at the global utility market, which grew 13 percent in 2013. Thanks to its global strengths and growing lineup of products, Ford outpaced this rapidly growing segment in 2013, selling 1.2 million utility vehicles, up 35 percent from a year earlier.
A vehicle like the Ford Everest Concept will strengthen Ford’s utility offering in the fast-growing ASEAN region, and comes after the introduction in the region of the all-new Ford EcoSport, a class-defining urban SUV.
Unshakable toughness and premium comfort sets the Everest Concept as the new benchmark for what it means to be a truly progressive SUV.
Featuring a powerful, yet refined, design that is unmistakably Ford, the Ford Everest Concept is a strong precursor to a vehicle that will meet the needs of customers in ASEAN markets looking for a highly capable vehicle that is equally at home up-country or in the city, combining world-class toughness with premium refinement.
The Ford Everest Concept is built upon key Ford design cues, combining sleekness and refinement with bold and rugged technical details. Headlamps connected to a prominent inverted trapezoid grille set high on the front allowed designers to maximize the headlamps’ dimensions, communicating better functionality while emphasizing the grille and the SUV’s width. The result is a strong and powerful presence for the entire front end, one which is unmistakably a Ford.
Moving back from the upright grille, the headlamps are swept back for a modern and aerodynamic look. The vehicle’s profile is sculpted, with sleek and tailored body sides that give the Ford Everest Concept a modern and sophisticated air.
At the back of the vehicle, designers placed prominent, chiseled taillamps over a negative scallop, making for a sculptural and robust rear that contrasts with the square, flat liftgates on traditional SUVs. Combined with high ground clearance that indicates the vehicle’s off-road potential, the distinctive design of the Ford Everest Concept reflects the SUV’s fun-to-drive Ford DNA.
Amplifying and reflecting the vehicle’s tough physique and impressive capabilities, the Ford Everest Concept is painted in a show-stopping red with a flash of orange, called “Sunset Flare”. Bold and powerful, it has a warmth that expresses the vehicle’s premium qualities.
Created by Ford’s regional design and product development team in Australia, the Ford Everest Concept is the latest proof point of Ford’s regional design and engineering capabilities, as it creates world-class vehicles for markets in Asia Pacific and around the world.
“The Everest Concept represents our vision of a global Ford vehicle with regional heritage that will allow customers to take on the world,” said Bradley. “It shows how we continue to implement an ongoing product-led transformation and futher expand our showrooms across the ASEAN region.”