The 2015 Ford Everest has just made its official Philippine debut Alabang. Labeled by the company as an SUV that blends stylish design with advanced technologies and first-in-segment features, the next-generation Everest is touted to have better on-road and off-road capability with a premium interior that can comfortably seat seven.

“The all-new Everest represents the very best of Ford, marking a bold new direction that we are taking in the SUV segment. Completely new, inside and out, we are more than confident that the all-new Everest will exceed customer expectations and we look forward to bringing our next global Ford vehicle to your nearest dealership nationwide,” said Kay Hart, Managing Director of Ford Philippines.

The rear of the 2015 Ford Everest

The new third generation Everest features a complete redesign which does away with the boxy exterior for a more sleek yet muscular appearance. The front end is fitted with a three-bar hexagonal grill that is paired with headlights that comes with LED daytime running lights as standard in the top spec Titanium models. The rear on the other hand gets an all new look with a single chrome bar to add a bit of flair to the design.

Compared with the outgoing model, the 2015 Ford Everest has grown in size, though it is slightly shorter due to the omission of the rear-mounted spare wheel. It measures 4893mm long (previous 5062mm), 1862mm wide (previous 1788mm) and 1837mm tall (previous 1826mm tall). The wheelbase however has been reduced to 2850mm (2860mm previous) but it is still the longest pickup-platform vehicle (PPV) in the segment.

The interior of the 2015 Ford Everest

Inside, it can sit seven people with ample head, elbow and legroom, says Ford. Features that are present in range-topping models include a dual-zone climate control, Ford SYNC 2, panoramic moon roof, an 8-inch touchscreen display, rear and front park assist, adaptive cruise control, adjustable speed limiter and lane keep assist.

The engine of the 2015 Ford Everest

Under the hood, the 2015 Everest is powered by the latest generation DuraTorq 2.2-liter and 3.2-liter turbo diesel engines. The smaller inline-four now produces 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque while the larger inline-five is still rated at 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque. The 3.2-liter lump does however get an updated gas recirculation system that improves engine efficiency. A 6-speed manual is available for the entry-level Ambiente while higher tier variants come with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

The 2.2-liter unit is only available on 4x2 models only while the 3.2-liter powerplant is reserved for the range-topping Titanium 4x4 model.

The white Everest

Available colors for the 2015 Everest are: Cool White, Black Mica, Sunset Red, True Red, Metropolitan Gray, Blue Reflex and Aluminum Metallic. All variants of the all-new Everest are manufactured by AutoAlliance in Rayong, Thailand while deliveries of the SUV will commence in September. There will be a total of five variants for sale.

2015 Ford Everest 4x2 2.2L Ambiente 6MT – PhP 1,339,000

2015 Ford Everest 4x2 2.2L Ambiente 6AT – PhP 1,399,000 

2015 Ford Everest 4x2 2.2L Trend 6AT – PhP 1,539,000

2015 Ford Everest 4x2 2.2L Titanium 6AT – PhP 1,639,000

2015 Ford Everest 4x4 3.2L Titanium 6AT – PhP 1,899,000

An optional Premium Package (retails for PhP 100,000) is also available for range-topping 3.2L Titanium which comes features such as: Heads-Up Display, Active Park Assist, power folding 3rd row seats, power tailgate and even HID projector type headlights with auto-leveling and headlight washer.