Say hello to what is potentially the best true SUV Ford has ever made, the 2015 Everest. Just try not to fall in love. Sadly, the American automaker isn’t bringing this body-on-frame, solid-rear-axle, diesel-powered SUV to the States. Nope, it’s strictly for our friends in China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and the southern parts of Africa. The Everest has actually been around for some time now, starting life in 2003. Like it’s always been, the SUV is based on the global Ranger pickup truck platform, another vehicle we don’t get stateside.

Ford is making the Everest more competitive than ever, with, of course, its off-road capabilities, but also its on-road refinement and interior amenities. Included are such things as autonomous emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cross Traffic Alert, and Curve Control. That last part helps keep the top-heavy SUV right side up when entering a corner too hot.

Also present is Ford’s Terrain Management System that includes settings for Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, and Sand and Rock. It adjusts the engine’s throttle response, the transmission, traction control, and four-wheel-drive system. The part-time transfer case also includes a low range while the rear axle has an electronic-locking differential.

Needless to say, the Everest isn’t joking around about its abilities.

Ford slathers the icing on the cake with two diesel engine choices; one being a 2.2-liter Duratorque four-cylinder and the other a 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost is offered as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Everest.

  • 2015 Ford Everest
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front engine; AWD with Low Range
  • Price:
    25000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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All those looks are backed up by actual off-road versatility.

The appearance of the Everest is ruggedly handsome. Tall ground clearance matched with meaty tires helps set the ground work while the front fascia gets its own skidplate-type design. A large chrome grille with matching chrome accents add style to the entire body. A similar skidplate design resides out back, helping give the SUV a proper appearance.

All those looks are backed up by actual off-road versatility. It boasts an impressive 29-degree approach angle and a 25-degree departure angle with nearly nine inches of ground clearance and a fording depth of over 30 inches.

Interior

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The driver’s gauge cluster gets a center analog gauge with twin screen flanking either side.

Things inside are rather luxurious for such an off-road bruiser. Three rows of seating offer room for seven and the rear two rows fold flat for enlarging the cargo area. A down-to-business dashboard is accented by an eight-inch infotainment screen complete with Sync 2. The driver’s gauge cluster gets a center analog gauge with twin screen flanking either side.

The center console is home to the Terrain Management knob, the gear selector, buttons for the traction control, locking differential, and four-wheel-drive low range. Two USB ports a AUX line-in port, and a SD card slot live in the front storage bin. Two 12-volt power ports keep other electronics charged.

Drivetrain

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Like the U.S.-spec Ford Explorer, the Terrain Management system controls a ton of driveline parameters that help the SUV move down the trail.

Under the Everest’s hood lies three engine options and two transmission choices. The single gasoline option is the same 2.0-liter EcoBoost found in the U.S.-spec Ford Fusion. Next is the 2.2-liter, DuraTorq, four-cylinder diesel and the more powerful 3.2-liter, DuraTorq, five-cylinder diesel. All three engines can be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Yes, you can get an Everest with three pedals. No output numbers have been announced yet.

Helping things move along is the sophisticated four-wheel-drive system. Like the U.S.-spec Ford Explorer, the Terrain Management system controls a ton of driveline parameters that help the SUV move down the trail. Everything from throttle response to traction control and ABS are all routed through the system. A push-button low range offers extra torque to the wheels when the going gets tough. An electronic locking rear differential keeps both rear tires turning that the same speed.

Suspension

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The Everest uses an unconventional but highly effective Watts-link suspension stabilization bar to keep the rear axle from moving sideways. A four-link set up holds the axle fore and aft. Lastly, coil springs hold the Everest’s rear up. Up front, a conventional coil-over shock system and double wishbone control arms keep things off the ground.

Prices

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Ford has yet to release pricing on the 2015 Everest, but we’ll update you as soon as the numbers drop.

Competition

Toyota 4Runner

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The 4Runner shares much of the same architecture design with the Everest; body-on-frame, independent front suspension, live solid axle out back, robust four-wheel-drive system, and a tall ground clearance.

Sadly, our U.S.-spec 4Runner doesn’t come with a diesel option. Its only powertrain is the ubiquitous, 4.0-liter V-6 that makes 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission option.

Pricing for the 4Runner starts at $32,820 and rises up past the $45,000 mark.

Nissan Xterra

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Like the 4Runner, the Xterra is a rugged, body-on-frame SUV with four-wheel-drive, a solid rear axle, and a V-6 powerplant. Unlike the 4Runner and Everest, the Xterra doesn’t come with a third row, so passenger count is limited to five.

Under the Nissan’s hood is a similar mill to the Toyota’s. It’s a 4.0-liter V-6 that puts out 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. A five speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission is available.

Pricing for the Xterra starts at a much cheaper $23,110 but doesn’t include four-wheel-drive. You’ll spend at least $25,160 to get that. Prices for the top-line PRO-4X with the automatic exceeds the $31,000 mark.

Conclusion

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The Ford Everest is one heck of an SUV. It’s got all the right parts and pedigree for the makings of a solid off-roader. While we commend Ford for continuing to build such a vehicle, we can’t help but wish it was headed our way. We can blame things like emissions and safety standards, along with Ford’s own saturated SUV/crossover market here in the States. Those looking for something like this from the Blue Oval will have to settle with either the softened Explorer or the too big to off-road Expedition.

And that’s a shame, because the Everest seems like the perfect combination of ingredients.

  • Leave it
    • Not coming to the U.S.
    • No word on engine outputs and pricing
    • Needs more accessible tow hooks front and rear

Press Release

Taking a bold step to redefine the SUV market in Asia Pacific and beyond, Ford today unveiled the new Ford Everest, a technologically advanced, stunningly capable and refined seven-seat SUV that will be launched in 2015. In Asia Pacific, the Ford Everest will be available in nine markets: China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and markets across the ASEAN region. Ford will also introduce the rugged SUV to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa in 2015.

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“The new Ford Everest is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, equally prepared for the everyday commute as it is for the most extreme off-road terrain,” said Dave Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific. “The Everest’s unique blend of tough capability and exceptional comfort is going to resonate with drivers across Asia Pacific and around the world.”

With a rugged, sculptural design that reflects its unshakeable toughness and technological prowess, the new Ford Everest blends strength, smart features and style to bring consumers a tough and versatile SUV with true off-road capability. In addition to surprising and delighting fans of rugged off-road SUVs, the new Ford Everest embodies Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA to deliver rewarding and dynamic on-road handling, offering no compromises on refinement and comfort.

“The Ford Everest will help to expand our product footprint in the region with a tough and refined vehicle that enables drivers, their families, friends and colleagues to go anywhere comfortably – whether on urban roads or far off the beaten track,” said Trevor Worthington, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific. “From the EcoSport to the Everest, our SUV portfolio in Asia Pacific offers something for everyone.”

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Led by Ford’s Asia Pacific design and product development teams, and making use of Ford’s global SUV expertise, the new Ford Everest builds on the reputation of the current Ford Everest, which is praised for its durability and versatility. The new Ford Everest will be available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants depending on specific market demand.

“The new Ford Everest represents an epic commitment on the part of the Ford Motor Company to meet and exceed high customer expectations,” said Worthington. “From the very beginning we set aggressive targets, and with the Ford Everest we have truly raised the bar for this type of vehicle in design and capability, with advanced technologies for a smarter, safer and more capable vehicle at a very attractive price.”

Balancing rugged off-road and refined on-road capability
The new Ford Everest was designed from the ground up with the durability to take on the most inhospitable environments. One of the toughest SUVs in its segment, the Ford Everest has a true body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains. Together with an intelligent four-wheel drive system, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand, Terrain Management System, and best-in-class ground clearance of 225 mm and water-wading capability of 800 mm, the Ford Everest helps drivers navigate difficult terrain with ease.

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For ultimate capability, the advanced Terrain Management System gives drivers four preset settings – Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock– that alter the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel drive system and traction control to confidently tackle any situation. For extreme off-road environments, drivers can manually lock the transfer case in low-range four-wheel drive mode for increased control.

These impressive off-road credentials are paired to a new level of ride quality and dynamic handling beyond what consumers have come to expect in a rugged SUV. Thanks to its coil spring front and rear suspension and a Watt’s linkage on the rear axle, the new Ford Everest provides a comfortable, stable ride with agile and predictable handling on the road, keeping the promise of Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA.

Advanced technology for a smarter, safer drive
Ingeniously packaged with “up for it” functionality enabling extraordinary journeys, the new Ford Everest is one of the most technologically advanced off-road SUVs ever made, and builds on Ford’s global expertise in the utility segment.

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The latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity solution, SYNC 2, lets drivers use natural voice commands to control the car’s entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices more easily than ever before. SYNC 2 also boasts an 8-inch touchscreen with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

The new Ford Everest also offers a number of segment-first technologies, including Curve Control, designed to help drivers maintain control when approaching turns too quickly; Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid, two technologies that help prevent drivers from unintentionally drifting out of a lane; and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, which informs drivers when there is a vehicle in their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots.

The vehicle also offers other advanced features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert with Collision Mitigation, Roll Stability Control and an Electronic Stability Program that works with traction control to help the driver stay in control. To reduce parking anxiety, Active Park Assist enables drivers to parallel park hands-free, requiring only accelerating, shifting and braking from the driver.

In addition to advanced active safety systems, a strong passenger cage built using high-strength materials like boron steel, and passive safety features, including seven airbags, help to keep occupants safe in the event of a collision.

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Power and efficiency to go further
The incredible capabilities of the new Ford Everest are made possible by one of three petrol and diesel engines, mated to durable and efficient six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. While availability differs across markets, all three engines deliver uncompromised power and torque with excellent fuel efficiency:

A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-scroll EcoBoost petrol engine will debut in Asia Pacific in the Ford Everest, offering excellent torque, power and refinement combined with projected best-in-class fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions
For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its globally proven 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine, with upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system to boost efficiency
For maximum fuel economy without compromising performance, Ford is also offering the latest generation of the 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel

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“This engine line-up demonstrates Ford’s commitment to offering the power of choice to customers in different markets with different needs and preferences,” said Worthington. “We’ve selected the engine technologies from Ford’s global powertrain range that deliver the best combination of performance and efficiency to meet and exceed the demanding requirements of SUV customers.”

Smart and functional design
The new Ford Everest stands apart with a bold, sculptural design that communicates its impressive capabilities and advanced smart features, while the robust front end with signature LED daytime running lights and wide stance make for a powerful presence on the road. The chiseled and technical design is also highly efficient – extensive aerodynamic testing led to an exterior that seamlessly melds form and function.

The new Ford Everest’s bold exterior presence is paired with a modern interior that makes use of refined materials and emphasizes horizontal lines to create a comfortable, harmonious environment for up to seven adult occupants. Interior features balance ride comfort with ultimate practicality, including a large moon roof, a convenient powered liftgate, more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces, multiple power outlets in the first and second rows, and flexible seating and cargo arrangements – including fold-flat second- and third-row seating – to achieve a perfect balance between passenger demands and packing efficiency.

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To ensure exceptional cabin quietness, Ford equipped the new Ford Everest with Active Noise Cancellation technology in addition to optimizing cabin sealing and sound absorbing materials throughout the vehicle.

Similar to the systems used in noise-cancelling headphones, Active Noise Cancellation uses three strategically placed microphones inside the cabin to detect and measure sounds. A smart control module instantaneously generates opposing sound waves, which are then fed through the Everest’s audio system to cancel out unpleasant noises. The result is a quiet interior that lets the driver comfortably speak with third row passengers without shouting.

“With its safe and smart features, a refined interior and incredible on-road and off-road capabilities, the new Ford Everest sets a new standard in the medium SUV segment and represents a compelling addition to our global lineup of SUVs in Asia Pacific,” said Worthington. “Taking advantage of our global design and development expertise, and our proud heritage in the utility segment, we’ve created a vehicle that goes far beyond customer expectations.”

The new Ford Everest will be manufactured at AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong, Thailand, for ASEAN markets. In China, the new Ford Everest will be manufactured by Ford’s Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) joint venture at the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nanchang, China, and distributed through JMC’s Ford-brand network of dealers.

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