A first glance at the Ford Everest is likely to make you squint your eyes as psycho-systems brings to your fore the related looks of this magnificent bakkie to another model you know; and of course this is the Mazda B Series or the Mazda BT-50. This is because the bakkie is based on the 1998–2006 Ford Ranger model, which in turn derives from the 1998–2006 Mazda B-Series. It was designed as a midsize SUV produced since the year 2003. It is a five-door wagon variant of the Ford Ranger four-door utility. It has earned itself the name Ford Endeavour in the Indian market. The second generation is based on the 2006–2011 Ford Ranger, which in turn derives from the 2006–2011 Mazda BT-50.
An SUV version of the Ranger, the "Ford Everest", shares more than 30 percent of its components with the donor model. The midsize Everest SUV is sold in Asia, Central America and the Bahamas. The Everest was introduced in March 2003, and is built at the Auto Alliance Thailand plant in Rayong. In India it is called "Ford Endeavour". It was built for the Southeast Asian markets at the Ford-Mazda JV plant at the Thai port city of Rayong, the Ford Everest has its origins from the Ford Ranger. It remains very much a pickup truck, while its engine is a Mazda derivative. A Hiroshima based design team worked to develop the Endeavour aka Everest and give it the qualities desired by the developing markets.
In 2006, the Everest, along with the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups were replaced by the new Mazda BT-50 and its derivatives. While the Mazda versions introduced the new "BT-50" name, Ford versions continued under the "Ranger" pickup and "Everest" wagon names. It comes in two variable engines; the 2.5 liter water-intercooled turbo-Diesel and the 2.6 liter 3-valve petrol engines.
Dare take the Everest out for a drive, and you’ll find that beneath that dowdy exterior lurks an incredibly capable machine that offers a whole lot of meat for the money. One of the tastiest ingredients of the Everest recipe lies in the grunt whacked out by its three-litre Duratorq engine. It is swift enough to keep up with everyday traffic and capable of holding comfortable cruising speeds out on the highway with little effort, it’s safe to say that this oil-burning heart does a lot to redeem the Everest’s awkward packaging.
Not only is it equipped with a generous amount of ground clearance, 210 mm to be specific and some particularly aggressive approach and departure angles, but there’s also a proper low-range transfer case for more serious bouts bundu-bashing.
Sharing a chassis with the Ranger bakkie, contributes much to bakkie’s off-road abilities and capabilities. It also has generous dimensions, measuring 5009mm x 1789mm x 1835mm in length, width and height respectively; and has a good fuel tank capacity of 70 liters, making it a good to go on the high way. With a seating capacity of 7, this bakkie can load, both luggage and passengers comfortably. It possesses an independent double wishbone with torson bar springs front suspension, while the rear is the rigid leaf springs. The 4WD’s interior is arrayed with leather seats, while the AWD is arrayed with cloth material seats. The Everest is an admirable safety and security system, highlighted by the remote keyless entry/ burglar alarm system, immobilizer, day and night rear view, anti-locking brake system with EBD and limited slip differential, all coming as standard on the bakkie. It also has reverse parking sensors to aid the driver when reversing to park.
It is quoted as an actual monster by one, on The Wheel Deal. It certainly possesses genuine features for a bakkie and caries itself with the gusto of a monster. It is one amongst the best performing bakkies made by Ford.