Have you've ever thought of dressing up your Everest for the great outdoors? Did you ever think about turning it into the ultimate bug-out vehicle? Well, Ford recently released a special edition Everest that may be able to do just that.
Called the Base Camp, this particular Everest comes with all the goodies you'll need for camping, and then some. It gets a new nudge bar at the front for added protection from debris, along with an LED light bar that provides additional illumination at night.
In case you need to cross rivers or floodwaters, the Everest Base Camp comes with a snorkel as standard. Plan to bring a motor home or a trailer? The Base Camp also comes with a tow bar that Ford claims have a maximum rated towing capability of 3,100 kg. That way, you can surely bring whatever extra gear you need.
But perhaps serving as the pièce de résistance on the Everest Basecamp is its unique roof rack. Not only can it carry heavy loads with ease, but it can also protect you from the elements thanks to a built-in awning. Made from high-quality ripstop fabric, the awning made by Sunseeker can shield campers from both the sun and rain.
As far as styling upgrades are concerned, Ford decided to keep it minimal by putting 'Base Camp' decals, gray body graphics, along with gray alloy wheels.
Under the hood, the Everest Base Camp can be powered by a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel or the long-lived 3.2-liter, five-cylinder Duratorq turbo-diesel. The former puts out 213 PS with 500 Nm of torque, while the latter provides 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque.
Looking to get one for yourself? For now, the Everest Base Camp is only available for the Australian market. The five-cylinder version has a sticker price of AUD 47,100 (or PhP 1,653,711) while the more powerful bi-turbo is selling for a cool AUD 66,490 (or PhP 2,334,165).
Hopefully, Ford Philippines will be able to offer a similar version here to cater to those that plan to take it on an excursion across the country. Alternatively, the Everest Base Camp also makes for a great bug-out vehicle in times of natural disasters.