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Ford isn’t resting on its laurels at this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show. In addition to revealing the Ranger Raptor for the ASEAN market, the Blue Oval also launched the next-generation Everest.
First revealed earlier in March, the 2023 Everest gets an all-new interior and exterior look, more high-tech features, upgraded powertrains, tweaked suspension and smart driver aids. additional.
Starting with its dimensions, the all-new Everest is larger than the model it will replace. At 4914mm long, 1923mm wide and 1842mm high, the all-new SUV is 21mm longer, 61mm wider and 6mm taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also been lengthened from 2850mm to 2900mm, providing passengers with more interior and cargo space. Despite the extra weight, the paddling depth has been maintained at 800mm.
In terms of style, the Everest has a new face inspired by its little brother, the Ranger. New C-shaped headlamp units, along with the sleek new grille, give the SUV a more sophisticated look. At the rear, Ford gave the Everest new LED taillights with an L-shaped element, as well as a sleek bumper design that does away with the fake skid plate.
Inside, the Everest also receives the same interior design as the Ranger. From the new electromechanical gear selector, tablet-inspired touchscreen, digital instrument cluster, redesigned air vents and redesigned seats, Ford has made sure the SUV is up to date.
As before, the Everest comes with three rows of seats. However, Ford says access to the third row is now easier because the second row can slide forward more than before. There’s also a 60:40 split for the second row, while the third row comes with a 50:50 split. For those who need to haul cargo, the second and third row seats fold completely flat.
Under the hood, the Everest is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBlue four-cylinder engine. In the lower versions, it has a single turbo-diesel that makes 170 PS with 405 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, higher spec versions get a twin-turbo system that pushes 210 PS plus 500 Nm of torque. Available transmissions include a six-speed automatic and a 10-speed automatic.
Ford installed new shocks to give the Everest a more comfortable ride. At the same time, the automaker also updated the suspension system to make it more capable off-road. Intelligent driver aids are now also available on the 2023 Everest. These include Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection, Evasive Steering Assist, Brake Assist in Reverse Gear, Blind Spot Information System, Pre-Collision Assist with Intersection Functionality and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-And-Go.
With Ford Thailand now offering the all-new Everest, expect other ASEAN markets (including the Philippines) to soon receive the next-generation SUV.