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Ford reveals the next generation 2015 Everest

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Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Ford | posted November 13, 2014 18:03

2015 Everest gets TDCI, EcoBoost, SYNC 2 and Terrain Management

Ford has just revealed the next generation 2015 Everest to the world. The all-new SUV will be offered in China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa and ASEAN member nations such as the Philippines.

“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 in a press release. “The Everest’s unique blend of tough capability and exceptional comfort is going to resonate with drivers across Asia Pacific and around the world.”

The 2015 Ford Everest features styling that is very similar to the Ford Everest Concept they unveiled in Sydney last year. The seven-seat SUV's development was led by Ford's Asia Pacific design and product development team. Key features of the 2015 Everest include a chiseled body, LED DRLs, LED taillights, 225mm of ground clearance and the capability to wade through 800mm of water.

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The 2015 Everest will be available in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Ford's all new SUV will also be available with a pair of upgraded 2.2L and 3.2L Duratorq TDCI turbodiesel engines though Ford has not disclosed the power and torque figures yet. Ford has also stated that the Everest will also be available with a 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engine for Asia Pacific. Six speed automatic and manual gearboxes will be available.

“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 Trevor Worthington, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific. “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.”

What's striking about the 2015 Everest is the long list of standard equipment. The all new SUV will get a Terrain Management System intelligent 4x4 drive with multiple modes for snow, gravel, grass, sand and even rock. The drivetrain also gets Torque On Demand via the active transfer case.

As we have reported earlier, the 2015 Everest gets Ford's SYNC 2 multimedia entertainment system, though Ford has also added features such as Active Noise Cancellation, Hill Ascent Control, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control, Roll Stability Control, Lane Keeping Aid, Active Park Assist (like in the current Focus), Curve Control, Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control and much more.

“The new Ford Everest is fully loaded with advanced technologies that provide real-world benefits: It’s about providing the best driving experience, not just technology for its own sake,” said Worthington. “The Ford Everest reshapes what consumers can expect in a rugged, capable off-road SUV.”

The 2015 Ford Everest for ASEAN will be manufactured in Rayong, Thailand.