SUVs have certainly become the most robust segment in the local automotive industry, and every major player is making sure they have a model in the category. The Blue Oval's mid-size SUV, the Ford Everest, is one of the more popular choices in the Philippine market today. With the introduction of the 2020 model in the middle of last year, we count the ways the vehicle has changed from its previous iteration.
The latest Ford Everest remains part of the vehicle's third generation, so expectedly, the updates to the appearance are relatively minor. In fact, the only thing that's changed is the revised look of the grille and front bumper. Now on its fourth year (the third-gen Everest launched in 2015), the hefty yet composed look of this aging Everest generation still manages to remain contemporary without feeling outdated. Noteworthy 2020 Everest exterior features include HID headlamps with auto-leveling and auto on/off, rain-sensing wipers, running boards, LED taillights, panoramic moonroof, a hands-free liftgate, and puddle lamps.
Inside the 2020 Everest, many of the features remain the same as the previous model including ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear AC with control switch, active noise cancellation, and 12-volt and 230-volt power outlets. As for the updates, these include the area around the gear lever, which is now finished in Piano Black. With regards to the infotainment system, the 8-inch TFT touchscreen runs on Ford's Sync 3 that links to nine speakers with subwoofer and amplifier, and added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The system also now comes with voice control and navigation functions.
Similar to what Ford did with the Ranger, the biggest change to the updated Everest is the omission of the 3.2-liter engine and the six-speed automatic transmission in favor of the 2.0-liter bi-turbo and that puts out 210hp and 500Nm of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission has also been replaced with a 10-speed unit with SelectShift in the top trims. The six-speed remains available in the lowest trim. Meanwhile, a set of 20-inch alloy wheels help give the Everest a 225mm ground clearance that’s good for 800mm of water-wading depth. Suspension is aided by a double-wishbone with coil spring and anti-roll bar at the front and coil spring with Watt’s Link and anti-roll bar at the rear.
Not really a safety feature, but it's worth mentioning that the transmission now comes with a Sport Mode that allows for a more active driving experience. The Ford Everest adds a few safety tech, most notably in the Titanium+ variant which now comes with autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, rollover mitigation, auto high beam control, and a nifty hands-free liftgate system. A push start system has also been introduced for the upper trims for added convenience. Standard safety features include seven airbags, anti-lock braking system, cruise control, hill launch assist, and hill descent control, among others.
Pricing and options
The 2019 Ford Everest was available in six color options, including a newly introduced hue, “Diffused Gold Silver Metallic.” The 2019 Ford Everest was available in six variants with a starting price of PHP1.518 million. The top-of-the-line 3.2-liter Titanium 4x4 AT was priced at PHP2.288 million.
As for the 2020 Ford Everest, here’s the lineup’s price list according to trim:
2020 Ford Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4 AT – PHP2,299,000
2020 Ford Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium 4x2 AT – PHP1,995,000
2020 Ford Everest 2.0L Turbo Sport 4x2 AT – PHP1,868,000
2020 Ford Everest 2.2L Trend 4x2 AT – PHP1,738,000
Paint options for the 2020 Ford Everest include Absolute Black, Arctic White, Meteor Gray, and Aluminum Metallic. Exclusive colors include Diffused Silver and Sunset Red for the Titanium trims, and Deep Crystal Blue for the Sport variant.
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Photos from Ford