OREANDA-NEWS. Ford and its local partner RMA Cambodia recently launched the new Ford Everest. The SUV sets a new benchmark in the segment with its stunning on- and off-road capabilities, advanced technology and refined interior comfort – for up to seven people.

Available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants, the new Everest is the most powerful SUV in its class. It also comes with a segment-leading combination of safety features, including seven airbags, and a maximum 5-star safety rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

“The all-new Everest offers a brilliant blend of power, safety features and smart technology, wrapped in a bold new design that is sure to appeal to Cambodians,” said David Westerman, managing director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company. “We’re confident that the exceptional capability and versatility of the rugged yet premium Everest will have strong appeal with Cambodian customers and will provide another boost to our momentum.”

A host of convenient features have been designed with the driver in mind, and for families on the move. As well as handy rain sensing wipers, and an eight-way power driver seat, the new Everest is the only SUV in its class in Cambodia to include a 230-volt power socket that can be used to power electronics during a family road trip. Further back, power-fold third-row seating creates extra space at the touch of a button.

“The all-new Everest will be equally at home in busy Phnom Penh traffic as it is on muddy upcountry roads in the wet season,” said Ngorn Saing, country manager, RMA Cambodia. “For weekday driving it’s packed with exclusive conveniences like Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system and an 8-inch touchscreen, while weekend off-road adventures are made possible by Ford’s intuitive Terrain Management System, backed up by more power and torque than any other SUV in its class.”

Built for adventure

The new Everest was designed from the ground up to take on the most inhospitable environments. One of the toughest SUVs in its segment, the Everest has a true body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains.

Built to take its driver wherever they want to go, the Everest provides 225mm of ground clearance between the driver and the road so it rides high, no matter what’s in the way. Coupled with a class-leading 800mm water wading capability, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand, and aggressive approach and departure angles, Everest is ready to take on any unhospitable environment and roughest terrains out there.

Smart design for utmost comfort and safety

This segment-redefining vehicle also stands apart with a modern, sculptural design that communicates its impressive capabilities and advanced smart technology. A robust front end with signature LED daytime running lights and wide stance gives the new Everest a powerful presence on the road, while the chiseled and technical design makes it highly efficient.

No matter how tough it is on the outside, inside the premium seven-seater offers the highest level of comfort with luxurious leather upholstery. In addition, the Everest offers more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces, multiple power outlets and flexible seating and cargo arrangements. Power-fold third-row seating helps achieve a perfect balance between passenger demands, comfort and packing efficiency, while a rear air-conditioning control console adds to passenger convenience.  Whether it is people or luggage, the Everest makes it easy to find some extra space at the touch of a button.

Everest is also big on safety. The vehicle’s cage is built using high-strength materials like boron steel, while up to seven airbags provide a network of protection for the driver and passengers in the front and back. There is even an airbag for the driver’s knee. The Everest’s class-leading combination of safety features earned it a maximum 5-star safety rating from the ASEAN NCAP, the highest score of any vehicle in the segment.

Power and efficiency to go further

The Everest’s impressive capabilities are made possible with one of two diesel engines from Ford’s globally proven Duratorq family, mated to a durable and efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Featuring advanced technologies that improve fuel efficiency, both engines deliver excellent performance.

For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine with 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque, giving it more power and more torque than any other SUV in its class.

For maximum fuel economy without compromising performance, Ford is also offering the latest generation of the 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel, putting out 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque.

The automatic transmission on the new Everest features advanced driver recognition software. This allows the transmission to adapt to the current driving style by analyzing acceleration and deceleration rates, brake and throttle applications, and cornering speed. The system ‘learns’ the driver’s style and adjusts transmission settings according to whether the driver has a more economical or sporty style.

Intuitive technology for a smarter drive

Everest’s unshakable toughness and capability are also paired with an array of cutting-edge intuitive technologies, making this rugged SUV one of the smartest vehicles of its kind.

The latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity solution, SYNC 2, lets drivers use natural voice commands to control the car’s entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices, while driving-assist technologies like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, give drivers confidence in any situation.

Other key technologies and smart features include:

·       Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Alert – helps drivers keep their distance from the traffic in front

·       Active Park Assist – helps drivers find a parking spot that's just the right fit, then virtually parallel parks the vehicle

·       Hill Launch Assist – helps prevent the vehicles rolling backwards after the driver has come to a stop on a slope

·       Emergency Brake Assist – increases braking pressure in an emergency

·       MyKey – allows owners to program a spare key to reduce the maximum speed of the vehicle, give an earlier low-fuel warning, limit the volume of the in-car entertainment or even disable it completely if the seatbelt is not fastened

·       Lane Keeping System  – provides an assistance steering torque input toward the lane center when the system detects an unintended lane departure

·       Roll Stability Control – can detect the potential for the vehicle to roll and kicks in to restore stability

·       Rear View Camera – displayed on the Everest’s 8-inch touchscreen