The 2016 Ford Everest will be made in a form very similar to that of its current predecessor. The motor will be a 7-seater SUV fitted with a new intelligent system meant to cater for different driving conditions such as off-road going and icy roads.
The system will allow for pre-selection of powertrain settings. Drivers will therefore be able to choose between normal, sand, snow and off-road driving. The Scandinavian region is being used to test for ice and snow driving while the Australian outback has been the testing grounds for off-road.
One thing that will surely change from the previous concept will be the tires. The production 2016 Ford Everest SUV will employ standard highway tires, a change from the off-road rubber tires ones currently being used. Reports also suggest that the dashboard will more or less look like that of the Ford Flex and Explorer. However, the horizontal grille of the 2016 Ford Everest will be quite similar to its previous models. The vehicle will most probably have black a D-pillar and black ORVMs. The wheels will also arc at both ends.
The new Everest will retain its current 3.0-litre and 2.5-litre diesel engines. However, it will have an upgraded 6-speed automatic and manual transmission from its current 5-speed gearboxes. A 4×4 drive will also be offered on some models. Further mechanical improvement will be seen at the rear as the vehicle will change from using outdated leaf springs to coil spring suspensions.
Ford’s development strategy has always shown a lot of focus on in-car connectivity. Their upcoming new Everest will be fully equipped with such features. Its interior will not inherit the upscale Ranger pickup look from which the motor is based upon. As stated earlier, it will borrow from other Ford trucks and SUVs. On the vehicle’s high-end trim, it will have Sync2, a multimedia entertainment system that Ford developed with assistance from Microsoft. Sync2 is equipped with Applink and has faster load times. Even with all these brilliant features, Sync2’s crowning jewel is the voice recognition system that will not only be more intuitive but also more human-friendly. Together with that, the car will have an 8-inch touchscreen for display.
2016 Ford Everest Release Date
The model is currently being designed and production is set to begin in 2015. Launching will take place late 2015 or early 2016 but all in all, this new Everest will face stiff competition from the Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ssyangyong Rexton, Chevrolet Captiva and Isuzu MU_7.