To showcase the uncompromising capability, safety, and comfort of the next-generation Ford Everest, Ford Philippines held the Next-Generation Ford Drive Experience and invited members of the motoring media, me included, to take the driver’s seat of Ford’s latest SUV. With a driving itinerary that took us from Clark Freeport Zone to San Marcelino, Zambales, and back, we got to fully experience the kind of adventures the next-generation Ford Everest can unlock.
A Deep Dive on the Rugged Yet Refined SUV
We were treated with the chance to drive and ride the different variants across the next-gen Everest lineup. With a long route from Clark Freeport Zone to Subic Freeport Zone to Lake Mapanuepe in Zambales and back, we conquered a variety of terrain –allowing us to fully immerse with the next-gen Everest and its various drive modes, features, and driver-assist technologies.
Throughout the scenic drive, media participants got to try the following:
New Active Park Assist 2.0: The next-gen Everest makes parking easy even in tight parallel or reverse perpendicular spots. With a press of a button, the system can help steer the car into position with ease. We got to try it and see for ourselves just how helpful this tech feature is.
New Reverse Brake Assist: With this smart feature, driver attendees backed up with ease and saw how it can detect obstructions from behind and provide an audible alert. In a real-life situation, this can be a vehicle crossing, a pedestrian, or a cyclist. The next-gen Everest can come to a complete stop if the driver doesn’t react in time.
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Normal Mode: We got to take control of driving on-road along the scenic route from Clark Freeport Zone through Zambales by selecting 2H with Normal mode designed for everyday driving. The new adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering also came in handy, detecting lane markings and helping keep the vehicle centered in its lane while on the road. This feature helps the drivers maintain a safe following distance and stay within the speed limit, especially on highways and busy high-speed roads like Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), which was part of the drive event’s route.
Eco Mode: With fuel economy an important purchase consideration for vehicles these days, we experienced selecting Eco mode in 2H to maximize gas consumption. This mode continually assesses the effects of driving behavior to optimize power and transmission as well as cruise control tuning.
Mud/Ruts Mode: From the smooth highways, we got to experience just how capable the next-gen Everest is when it comes to off-road terrains. Through a muddy lahar trail on the way to Camp Ford, we got to know how the SUV drives in such conditions using the Mud/Ruts mode.
Water-Wading Capability: With enhanced visibility provided by its 360˚ camera as well as its 800 mm water-wading capability, we got to see how the next-gen Everest will fare in muddy waters through a couple of water crossings on the off-road route. This mimicked flooded roads that SUVs often traverse during certain parts of the year and the next-gen Everest did that with ease.
Versatile Cargo Management: What makes a campsite more fun? Group games of course! We were made to play “Cargo Tetris,” where we had to fit objects of all shapes and sizes securely inside a next-gen Everest and watch an instructor drive around to see just how secure the items are. It highlighted the possibilities inside the spacious Everest–from hauling cargo to creating space where children can play.
“The next-generation Ford Drive Experience was designed for participants to get up-close and personal with the next-gen Ford Everest and make them truly appreciate its features. With its bold and rugged look, spacious and comfortable interiors, and purposeful technology, the next-gen Everest is truly meant for families who are looking for a safe and reliable SUV for their adventures,” said Mike Breen, managing director, Ford Philippines.
The next-gen Everest comes with a 5-year warranty for an enhanced ownership experience. The longer warranty offering will cover the next-gen Everest for up to 5 years or total mileage of up to 150,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
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