Finally, the 2023 Ford Everest has been launched in the Philippines!
After a huge build-up, Ford’s newest SUV has finally been unveiled. The brand touts this as a truck that “blends adventure-ready capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged, refined, and fun-to-drive SUV.” For one thing, it looks really good. But what is it packing as far as capability, comfort, and safety are concerned? Let’s have a look.
2023 Ford Everest takes comfort, safety, and ownership experience to the next level
Ford prides itself with how the new Everest was tailor-fitted for the Philippines. Gathering feedback from Filipinos on what they want for its next generation, their objective for this all-new model was clear: “ough on the outside, sanctuary on the inside, amazing capability underneath”. How did they do it?
On the outside, we see that the SUV got a total redesign. A lot of lines and angles have been incorporated into its overall theme and the Everest looks to be a more solid truck that’s ready for the outdoors. The headlight units now sport Ford’s global design DNA and take on a C-shape. That along with the horizontal upper grill bar makes it look a lot more rugged, too. At the back, the use of a full-width LED taillight assembly emphasizes the Everest’s wider track.
Track being mentioned, it has been widened by 50mm, and its wheelbase was lengthened by 50mm as well. This gives a lot of heft to its appearance as well as a strong, modern look. The updated chassis, wider track, and refined suspension tuning serve to give the next-gen Everest a balanced ride performance, whether on the highway or rough terrain.
Those who opt to purchase the Titanium variants will also get a panoramic moonroof; perfect for enjoying the great outdoor air. A hands-free power tailgate also provides quick access to the cargo space, and you can open it with a simple “kick” to the sensor underneath the bumper.
Inside you’ll be treated to a very spacious cabin as well as a lot of tech features.
Leather is the upholstery of choice, and the interior comes with premium finishes as well as ambient lighting. The second row can also slide further forward which makes access to the third row much easier. Because this is a 7-seater SUV, occupants won’t have to worry about where to stow their things as Ford made sure to incorporate a lot of pockets, plus device chargers for all 3 rows. How’s that for convenience?
The second-row is designed with a 60:40 split, while the third row splits 50:50. It can also be folded at the touch of a button on the higher-end models. Both the second- and third-row seats are designed to fold flat to allow for long loads to be carried safely.
Perhaps the biggest and most obvious change to this all-new Everest is the addition of either a 10- or 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system that dominates the center stack. The gauge cluster has also been given the digital treatment and, depending on the variant, will come as an 8- or 10-inch unit.
But going back to the infotainment system, it is equipped with the latest SYNC 4A suite, which is linked to a 360-degree camera with a display that helps drivers with parking and cruising through off-road terrains. It also comes with wireless charging feature to keep everyone inside connected at all times. One of the intelligent features that Ford put in the Everest is the Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM). It is a smart and new feature that tells the owner when to have an oil change based on actual engine data, operating conditions, and owner driving habits. Now you won’t miss an oil change ever again.
There are two engine choices under the hood of Everest, depending on the variant. First is a 2.0-liter single turbo diesel engine. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, it makes 170 PS and 405 Nm of torque. For those who want more grunt, they can opt for variants with the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and puts out 210 PS and 500 Nm of torque. If you’re the trail-going type, the 4×4 variant with this engine is the one for you.
The range-topping 4×4 also gets a new terrain management system. Whether on or off the road, you will have a choice of 6 different modes, namely Normal, Eco, Tow Haul, Slippery, Mud/Ruts and Sand. The Drive Mode Selector provides drivers with an easy way to shift drive modes easily, while the E-Shifter brings a new level of high-tech control to your fingertips with optimized performance for different surfaces, road conditions, and vehicle usage. All these features are exclusively available on the Titanium+ 4×4 variant.
Ford didn’t come short on safety features for the Everest. New and enhanced driver assist technologies and safety implements make sure that everyone is safe in any event with the Everest. These include seven (7) airbags standard across all variants, Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Lane Centering, Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist, front and rear Parking Sensors, a security alarm system, and child seat ISOFIX anchor points.
The all-new Ford Everest comes in 7 different colors, and they are Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White (exclusive for Limited and Trend), Equinox Bronze (exclusive for Titanium+), Meteor Gray (exclusive for Titanium+ and Sport), Sedona Orange (exclusive for Titanium+), Snowflake White Pearl (exclusive for Titanium+ and Sport) and Blue Lightning (exclusive for Sport).
Pricing for Ford’s newest SUV is as follows:
Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT = PHP 2,495,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium+ 4×2 AT = PHP 2,179,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×2 AT = PHP 2,089,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Limited 4×2 AT = PHP 1,999,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Trend 4×2 AT = PHP 1,799,000
For those who are interested, they can go to Ford’s online portal and reserve or schedule a test drive to get a feel of the Everest themselves. If that tickles your fancy, you can find the link to the portal in our published article here.
There are a lot of things to be excited about with the all-new Ford Everest. If looks are something to go by, then this should be a very good SUV, but we’ll reserve our final opinion on that for later – or when we get a hold of a test unit from Ford. We’ll make sure to put it through its paces and let you know just how good the 2023 Everest is.