Ford has curiously left out of its new seven-seat Everest SUV some of the active safety technology that is standard equipment in the Ranger commercial ute. Both vehicles were unveiled at the Bangkok motor show this week, both share the same body-on-frame chassis, and both will land in New pharmacy Zealand later in the year. But whereas the workhorse Ranger gets a bundle of modern
safety systems like radar cruise control, collision warning, and lane departure warning, Ford has concentrated more on infotainment gear for the Everest using the company’s second-generation SYNC voice-active system.The sharp end of the infotainment package is an active sound suppression system that Ford says muffles road noise using similar technology to noise-cancelling headphones. The SUV won’t be without a smart safety package, however. Apart from the standard safety stuff, like electronic stability control, Everest gets hands-free parking, blind spot monitoring and traffic alert systems. Still, it remains a talking point that an SUV likely cialis to buy uk to be mostly used by families isn’t equipped with the same advanced safety gear as a commercial ute. Why this is so hasn’t been made clear by Ford. The Everest will be available with either four-wheel drive or the cheaper rear-wheel drive option. It is not yet known whether Ford NZ will take both. The four-wheel-drive units come with a new Terrain Management system where switchable modes for normal, slippery, sand and rock conditions tailor the car’s throttle response, traction control, transmission and other parameters. Four-paw Everests are also fitted with a low-range four-wheel-drive mode. Ground clearance is 225mm and wading depth 800mm. The premium engine will be the new Ranger’s reworked 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel unit mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. It delivers 147kW/470Nm. A four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel generating 118kW/385Nm will be available in some markets. The Everest’s maximum payload is 750kg. It gets a powered tailgate and electric one-touch folding for the third row of seats. Up front, the dual-zone climate control comes with vents for all three rows.