A few months cooped up in the office and heavy rains will quickly cause anyone to start yearning for the beach. For those based in Metro Manila, the nearest beaches are usually the surf towns of La Union and Baler. Both of which are just a few hours’ drive from the city. Yet with each area boasting of its own charm and flavor, how does one decide which one to go to? Why not both?
This was the idea of Ford Philippines, eagerly joined in by members of the media aching for a few days out of the city and its slowly worsening traffic.
Quite appropriately, our vehicle to freedom is a popular choice these days, the Ford Everest Titanium and Titanium 4×4.
It may not look like it, but Ford has updated the Everest with features that offer greater performance, safety, and comfort.
Perhaps the biggest change is found under the hood. The new Ford Everest is powered by the new-generation 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel and 2.0L Turbo diesel engines. They’re paired with the advanced 10-speed automatic transmission that offers improved fuel efficiency and better acceleration. The 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine (Titanium 4×4) delivers 213-PS and 500-Nm of torque, while the 2.0L Turbo engine (Titanium 4×2) delivers 180-PS and 420-Nm of torque.
Making the drive more convenient are a whole buffet of features and technologies making it enjoyable to ride in, and easy to handle, whether in the crowded city or open road.
Allowing friends and family to better enjoy the journey in each others’ company is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC); a unique feature that helps deliver cabin quietness. Engine and transmission noise is remarkably quieter thanks to an engineering focus on quiet operation, as well as advanced sound insulation.
On days with great weather, the Panoramic Moonroof allows natural light to illuminate the vehicle cabin during the day or night with the roof space fully adjustable at the touch of a button.
A subtle yet truly handy feature is smart keyless entry and push-button start, allowing drivers to simply keep the key in their pocket yet unlock doors and start the engine without having to fish around their bag or pocket for the fob.
If their hands are full, the hands-free liftgate automatically opens and closes the liftgate with a simple kicking motion of the foot under the rear bumper will open and close the liftgate.
Trouble with parking? Active Park Assist activates sensors to find parallel parking spaces the vehicle will fit into and can even steer it into the slot. The driver just needs to control the gears, accelerator, and brake.
In the Everest Titanium 4×4, the 4WD Terrain Management System offers maximum traction and stability. All drivers have to do is select sand, mud, grass, or rock from a dial and the vehicle will ensure constant traction.
For entertainment, SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility powers the new Everest’s 8.0-inch full color touchscreen.
The Everest doesn’t just offer convenience, it offers a safer driving experience thanks to a wide array of assistance technologies.
Pre-Collision Assist is composed of Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Vehicle Detection, that detects pedestrians and vehicles and alerts the driver with an audible and visual warning. If no action is taken, it can bring the Everest to a complete stop to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians.
This vehicle also comes with driver assist technology (DAT) features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, Forward Collision Warning System, Driver Alert System, Auto High Beam Control, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, and a Rear View Camera and Parking Sensors.
Finally, owning one is a reward in itself with lower service maintenance costs. The new Ford Everest’s new powertrain only requires a once-a-year scheduled service interval instead of twice a year, paving the way for better ownership experience.
The weather may have gotten in the way of our plans, darkening skies and raining on our parade. Yet with the daunting amount of tech, convenience features and improved refinement, we rather enjoyed our extended time inside the vehicles anyway.
The 2020 Ford Everest Titanium 4×2 and 4×4 are now available at all Ford dealerships.
By Iñigo S. Roces