Ford Everest Sport 2.0SiT 4X4 : Launch Drive
Make overs are as relevant as the EFF in parliament and social media these days, and spicing up things always seems to have the right magic for most people , this also works quite well in cars. We recently took a short left to the midst of the Garden Route for the launch of another model in a popular SUV, aptly named the Everest , yes…. after the acclaimed mountain.
The route to test the refreshed Everest took us into George and we drove to Oudtshoorn for our overnight stop, the 1st 100kms were on tar which was child’s play for the 2.0Si Turbo diesel motor the launch vehicle is equipped with , thanks to a stellar multi -link suspension and superb on road manners the journey was bliss. The 132kw of amandla and 420nm of torque suit the car quite well and hauls itself with aplomb.
What’s new ?
At 1st glance, one notices the unmissable new black mesh grille, gloss black bumper inserts (Front &Rear), gloss black mirrors and door handles, 20” black multi spoke alloys , black Everest 3D labeling on the front bonnet and tailgate. SPORT labels at the bottom of BOTH rear doors.
On the interior, the leather seats have magnificent looking blue stitching , Sport engraved front seats, gloss bluish dash insert and soft touch leather dash with blue stitching, it really looks the part. This is over and above the comprehensive standard specification list, the car is quite properly specified to be honest , it was just never one of those you keeping ticking options list. This is vital in a very competitive market.
The route was beautiful as it took us into some stunning scenes at the Swartberg Pass, a loose gravel stretch with no run off area, the Everest faired very well so much that we didn’t need to use any of the 4X4 kit the car comes equipped with. The 157kw engine gets all the glory , however none ever shouts enough about the 132kw single turbo, it is very impressive and felt like a good pairing with the Everest , I will go as far as saying , it could just be the right engine for most purposes. For towing you may need more torque but the 420nm in here is ample and that was proven over several different terrains we drove on this launch.
I must say it is quite an eye opener visiting all those small town in the Garden Route, this Prince Albert where we had our lunch , it was my 1st time visiting the place, and it’s quite an aura of relaxed nature within everyone there. We actually need to tour our country more as locals.
At R718 000, it may seem steep for most however let me reassure you that it makes a compelling case for itself, personally I’d have mine in solid black as I don’t do off road much in my spare time however its strong attributes fit my life like a glove.
I love it!!!
The Everest come standard 4year/120 000km Comprehensive warranty, and a 6year/90 000km service plan.
Yours in Motoring
Wezile Lorenzio Bonani