Ford Everest Trend RWD with SYNC 3 to Offer Customers More Advanced Tech and an Offering Not Available in Prado Range

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

  • Ford is investing in Australia like no other automaker with $2 billion in R&D over the past six years and even more to launch and upgrade a record number of products, including the MY2017 Ford Everest Trend Rear-wheel-drive (RWD), on sale in September.
  • 2017 Everest Trend and Titanium to come loaded with SYNC 3, Ford’s new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform, featuring Apple CarPlay™, Android AutoTM, faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic user interface^

MELBOURNE – Ford Australia is introducing smart new technology and a new variant into the large SUV market with the 2017 Everest Trend rear-wheel-drive (RWD), as it expands the award winning Everest Trend options by offering the Australian-designed and-engineered vehicle at an even more attractive price.

The announcement is another example of how Ford’s commitment to Australia continues to grow beyond billions in local R&D as it expands and upgrades its lineup, which includes the the ongoing introduction of 20 new or upgraded models by 2020.

The Everest Trend RWD boasts the road handling capability, impressive cabin space, versatility, technology and driveability of the 4WD model. The Everest Trend 4WD has received an excellent response from SUV buyers and has won numerous accolades from motoring media including Drive’s 2015 ‘Car of the Year’ and 4X4 Australia’s 2016 ‘4X4 of the Year.’

‘SUVs are the fastest-gowing segment in Australia and the Everest Trend RWD will broaden our already impressive lineup of utility vehicles even further. The Everest Trend RWD offers customers more choice than Toyota Prado, which does not offer a rear-wheel-drive variant,’ said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia.

‘The Everest Trend RWD was developed extensively by our local engineers in Australia’s harsh conditions, which we believe will help it appeal to Aussie families seeking a rugged and highly capable seven-seat SUV. The addition of SYNC 3 technology advances Ford’s already leading connectivity innovations to help drivers stay connected to their digital lives while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,’ added Whickman.

The Everest Trend RWD will continue to be an impressively capable SUV offering the same 3.2L TDCi engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, seven seat capacity, smart features and 3,000kg towing capability## as the current Everest Trend 4WD.

Because the Everest Trend RWD also retains the same tyres and 225mm ride height as the 4WD, it is an excellent option for large SUV buyers or families who enjoy an occasional excursion offroad.

SYNC 3 on MY2017 Everest Trend and Titanium:

In an exceptional value add for customers, SYNC 3 will become standard on Everest Trend and Titanium.

SYNC 3 is Ford’s new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic user interface^. It combines the best features of the outgoing system with new technologies designed to help customers stay better connected.

Everest SUV even more family friendly with ISOFIX child seat anchorage points:

All Everest models will be upgraded with two ISOFIX child seat anchorage points.

Two sets of ISOFIX anchorage points will be added, attached to the Everest 2nd row outboard seats. These are in addition to the existing rear-of-seat tether child seat anchorage points (of which there are 5 standard in every Everest).

The inclusion of ISOFIX anchorage points enhances the appeal of Everest amongst buyers with young families as the vehicle is able to accommodate a wider range of child seats. With ISOFIX, the child seat is secured quickly and safely using a single top tether (strap) and the two ISOFIX anchors located at the base of the child seat.

Going Further for Australia and Australian Customers

Ford’s Australian product development team had a key role developing Everest as a centrepiece along with Ranger of Ford’s $2 billion investment in local R&D since 2009. Its development demonstrates how local innovation and high-tech design continues to be expanded locally through Ford’s extensive product development operations.

Ford is home to 1100 innovative engineers and designers, with the company set to become the largest auto employer in the nation after 2017.

##Maximum braked towing capacity using genuine Ford towbar. Subject to State and Territory regulations. ^Not all SYNC™features are supported on all phones and/or require additional data services and equipment. #Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. Apple CarPlay and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc. + Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Google Maps is a trademark of Google Inc.

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