Sime Darby Auto Connexion, distributor for Ford vehicles in Malaysia, has introduced a “strengthened” version of the Ford Everest with updates on its interior, exterior and powertrain and will be available in two variants – Trend and Titanium.
In the RM 258,888 “Titanium” variant, the Everest houses a new-generation 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine, coupled with a 10-speed close-ratio automatic gearbox to deliver 213 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Before you’d only get such torque figures with the 3.2-litre Wildtrak model.In the RM 228,888 “Trend” variant, the single turbo diesel engine makes 180 hp and 420 Nm; a significant increase in torque from the old 2.2-litre engine that only makes around 380 Nm. The 10-speed gearbox is also applied here.
You get the sense that Ford is trying to offer some variety with the Everest but it seems like they’re still a little “off the mark” with their intentions. What I’d assume is that the people would instead want an Everest that’s under RM200k, as an alternative to the Fortuner, not an additional model that’s RM30k more than the already high asking price of the previous model.Notable features in the Trend variant includes 18-inch wheels, automatic Xenon headlamps, LED tail lights and a hands-free tailgate while the Titanium gets a set of 20-inch wheels, a panoramic roof and some chrome bits. Both come with a redesigned front grille.Inside, expect more soft-touch surfaces and a new black interior theme with contrast stitching. Standard equipment includes a 10-speaker system, dual 4-inch instrument cluster displays, and an 8-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Powered front seats in the Titanium are absent in the Trend variant, which have to be manually-adjusted.
Safety wise, the Titanium and Trend gets seven airbags and the other usual safety nets such as ABS with EBD, traction control and ESC. As for driving aids, the Titanium stands out from the Trend with front and rear parking sensors – highly necessary for a car that size. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert is reserved for the Titanium. Both variants come with a 3-year or up to 100,000 km warranty.