Everest peaks slightly higher — Motoringnz

STAYING with the familiar biturbo four-cylinder costs a little less than before, switching to the new V6 adds $4500 to the decals that were attached to old equivalents.

That, in a nutshell, is the pricing regime for the next Everest, with Ford also announcing today that its Ranger car won’t hit the market until September 1, about two months behind the new ute with which it shares powerplants, a chassis and plenty of technology.

Anticipation of additional expenditure to realize the new 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel has come true.

The six-cylinder Sport costs $79,490 and the Platinum is a buy-in of $84,990. The previous Sport and the old flagship, which Ford then called Titanium, were $75,490 and $90,490 respectively. Those models ran with the biturbo four-cylinder which continues in a Trend spec and costs $71,990.

All variants have four-wheel drive, although the sixes have a more advanced on-demand system and the whole family’s towing capacity is 3500kg braked when fitted with a factory-specified trailer hitch package. That is an increase of 400 kg on the outgoing line of the first generation.

Power figures reflect the Ranger, with the base engine producing 154 kW/500 Nm and the V6 producing 184 kW/600 Nm, but Ford suggests they will be more refined in the SUV. Both engines are supported by a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Emissions are estimated at 219g/km and 256g/km respectively, so there will be a Clean Car wallop on top of the recommended retail prices.

All new Ford Everest variants come with an 8.0-inch digital instrument panel, plus a 12-inch infotainment screen. Leather seats, wireless phone charging with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto mirroring and two-zone climate control are also featured.

As with the new Ranger, the handlebars finally have height and reach adjustment.

All models also come with a full suite of advanced safety technologies, including nine airbags (including a center airbag between the front seats) and collision avoidance systems such as Blind Spot Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Sport adds heated and ventilated power seats for the driver and passenger. Heated seats are available for second-row occupants in the Platinum. It also has a larger (12-inch) instrument display and a premium Bang and Olufsen audio system with 12 speakers.

FordPass enables remote start, vehicle health monitoring, and remote locking and unlocking via a mobile device. It also allows remote control for an outdoor zone lighting system that illuminates the ground around the vehicle for safer approaches at night or for camping.

Ford has launched an online reservation system, starting with Everest.

Everest peaks slightly higher — Motoringnz

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