2016 Ford Everest rear Ford Malaysia (Sime Darby Auto Connexion) today announced the new Everest, 7-seater SUV. Available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants, the new Everest comes with an exemplary off- and on-road capability, advanced technologies and segment-leading safety features.

Priced from RM198,888 on the road without insurance in the Peninsular, the new Ford Everest is available in four elegant colors: Sunset Metallic, Cool White, Black Mica Metallic and Aluminum Metallic.

A host of convenient features have been designed with the driver in mind, and for families on the move. As well as handy rain sensing wipers, the Everest also features an eight-way power driver seat and is the only SUV in its class to offer a 230-volt power socket that can be used to power a laptop computer or any other device during a family road trip. Further back, power-fold third-row seating creates extra space at the touch of a button.

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 Everest has a true body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains.

The Everest provides 225mm of ground clearance between the driver and the road so it rides high, no matter what’s in the way. Coupled with a class-leading 800mm water wading capability, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand, and aggressive approach and departure angles, Everest is ready to take on any inhospitable environment or rough terrain.

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For ultimate capability, Everest features Ford’s Terrain Management System, which gives drivers four pre-set modes (Normal, Snow/Mud/Grass, Sand and Rock) that alter the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel drive system and traction control to help drivers 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 with 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 in urban environments.

In providing a more enhanced driving experience, the new Everest features an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system that alters the level of steering assistance based on vehicle speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration.

In looks, the new Ford Everest takes up a robust front end with signature LED daytime running lights and wide stance. No matter how tough it is on the outside, inside the seven-seater, the premium SUV offers the highest level of comfort with luxurious leather upholstery. In addition, more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces, multiple power outlets and flexible seating and cargo arrangements, as well as the first SUV in its class in Malaysia to offer power-fold third-row seating. A rear air-conditioning control console adds to passenger convenience.

The Everest’s impressive capabilities are made possible with one of two diesel engines from Ford’s globally proven Duratorq family, mated to a durable and efficient six-speed automatic transmission. For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine with 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque, giving it more power and more torque than any other SUV in its class. For maximum fuel economy without compromising performance, Ford is also offering the latest generation of the 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel, putting out 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque.

Everest’s unshakable toughness and capability are also paired with an array of cutting-edge intuitive technologies, making this rugged SUV one of the smartest vehicles of its kind. 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. Another first-in-segment for the all-new Everest is Ford’s exclusive MyKey system, which allows the programming of various features, such as setting the maximum speed limit, a seatbelt reminder and the maximum volume of the audio system. Other key technologies and smart features that come standard in the new Everest include: Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Launch Assist, Emergency Brake Light, Trailer Sway Control and Roll Stability Control.

The Everest is also big on safety. The vehicle’s cage is built using high-strength materials like boron steel, while up to seven airbags provide a network of protection for the driver and passengers in the front and back. There is even an airbag for the driver’s knee. The Everest’s class-leading combination of safety features earned it a maximum 5-star safety rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).