In todays auto sales market one of the most lucrative segments to be in is the Sport Utility Vehicle market. More and more South African consumers are buying
into this sector and leaving the four-door saloon segment in the past. The Ford Motor Company has a major contender in the Ranger range and through its Everest offer Ford is bolstering its line-up.
Based on the popular Everest XLT, the new Sport derivative includes a host of features and enhancements to the exterior and inside the cabin. Available in 4×2 and 4×4 guise equipped with an electronic locking rear differential as standard. The Everest XLT models are already extremely well equipped with an eye catching design and trend setting technologies.
The Sport offers all these features and many more. Firstly, the new Sport boasts a black mesh grille with unique Everest badge on the bonnet. Black mirror caps and black door handles replace the chrome on the XLT. The black treatment carries through to the front bumper chin and rear valance. Ebony roof rails with special Sport decals on the rear doors and striking 20-inch black alloy wheels. Six body colours, Diffused Silver, Frozen White, Agate Black, Moondust Silver, Sea Grey and Copper Red. Inside embossed leather seats with distinctive blue stitching, soft touch leather treatment on the dashboard and a driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment.
Many other noticeable features are offered including
a) LED Headlamps and daytime running lights
b) Cruise Control
c) Front and rear park sensors
d) Rear-view camera
e) Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control
f) Trailor Sway Control
g) Hill Launch assist and Roll Over Mitigation
h) Seven Air Bags
i) Passive Entry and Passive Start
j) Infotainment System with voice control
k) Embedded Navigation
l) Eight-inch touch screen colour display
m) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Buyers have a choice of 4×4 and 4×2 models both available with Fords frugal 2.0 – litre Single Turbo diesel engine delivering 132kW and 420Nm. This mated to Fords sophisticated 10- speed automatic transmission contributing exceptional fuel and all-round performance. Driving modes include snow, mud, grass, rock or paved roads.
2.0 Single Turbo 10AT 4×2 R662 800
2.0 Single Turbo 10AT 4×4 R704 400
Standard Ford Protect comprises a four year/120 000km comprehensive warranty
with three year/unlimited km warranty. Six year/90 000km service plan is
included with 15 000km service intervals.