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Everest RWD, Escape Delivers impressive Fuel Efficiency, Safety and Unique Aussie Chats with SYNC 3 Technology as Ford doubles SUV offerings
02/12/2016   |   Melbourne
  • The 2017 Everest Trend RWD, with development led by Ford of Australia’s product development team, offers a suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, improved fuel economy compared to the 4WD to help customers save at the pump, SYNC® 3 with an Aussie accent and voice recognition

  • The Everest Trend 4WD made an immediate impact in its first year with numerous automotive media awards

  • The new Escape will arrive in showrooms alongside the Everest RWD with improved fuel efficiency for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost model and the latest driver assistance technologies, along with greater choice with a new front-wheel drive Trend variant as Ford more than doubles the number of SUVs in its line-up since 2012
  • Everest RWD and Escape bring SYNC®3 to the mid-size SUV segment for the first time. SYNC® 3^ – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system – features faster performance, conversational voice recognition with Australian accent-specific calibration, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and easier-to-understand graphical interface

  • 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 rapid expansion of its SUV lineup with Australians likely to buy more SUVs than cars soon.

MELBOURNE, December 2, 2016 – The new Ford Everest RWD and Escape are arriving to boost Ford’s SUV sales momentum as the company invests more in local SUV innovation while doubling its SUV lineup, with Australian consumers poised to become the first in the world to buy more SUVs than cars.

“The Everest 4WD range has already established itself as an award-winning vehicle, so the new rear-wheel-drive model will now help us build more momentum with buyers who do not need the vehicle’s locally-developed off-road capability ,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia. “As we double our SUV offerings, the Everest also serves as our flagship of this growing lineup with more local pedigree than any competitive SUV thanks to our Australian product development team’s leading role designing, engineering and testing it.”

The Everest Trend RWD offers a suite of safety and driver-assist technologies that give drivers more confidence, improved fuel economy compared to the Everest Trend 4WD to help customers save at the pump, SYNC® 3 with Aussie accent recognition.

The Everest Trend 4WD has received numerous accolades from motoring media including Drive’s 2015 ‘Car of the Year’, Drive’s 2015 and 2016 ‘Best 4WD of the Year’ and 4x4 Australia’s 2016 ‘4x4 of the Year’.

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

Ford has doubled the number of SUVs in its Australian line-up since 2012 as the automaker expects SUV sales to reach 40 percent of all Australian vehicle sales by 2018 based on contemporary lifestyle needs, including Millennials reaching child-rearing stage and Baby Boomers continuing to buy SUVs at high rates

Everest Trend RWD – impressively capable

The Everest Trend RWD will continue to be an impressively capable SUV offering the same 3.2-litre 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 Everest Trend 4WD, it is an excellent option for large SUV buyers or families who enjoy an occasional excursion off-road, but who are usually found in urban environments.

The great Escape: Australian summer getaway 

The 2017 Escape will arrive in showrooms alongside the Everest RWD with improved fuel efficiency for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost models and driver assistance technologies, with greater choice with a new front-wheel drive Trend variant as Ford more than doubles the number of SUVs in its line-up since 2012.

“Escape is one of our biggest opportunities to accelerate our brand transformation in Australia so it will be at the centre of much of what we do in 2017,” said Whickman. “This vehicle is packed full of innovations and is perfectly sized and capable for young, urban families who need to get around town for work but get away to play on the weekends.”

The Ford Escape is currently being assessed by ANCAP. The Ford Escape will offer high levels of occupant and pedestrian protection and safety specification and is aiming to achieve the maximum ANCAP safety rating. 

EcoBoost: Escape the pump 

The new Escape offers EcoBoost technology, Ford’s innovative engine range that has led to five consecutive Engine of the Year awards for the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that’s been offered in the Fiesta and EcoSport.

The 2017 Escape offers 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines. The deployment of EcoBoost technology has benefitted from the engineering expertise of Ford Australia’s local Product Development team, with Australian engineers playing an integral role in the global EcoBoost program. As part of the international development team, Australian engineers work with teams from around the world, developing EcoBoost powertrains across multiple car lines for both global and Australian consumers.

Faster SYNC® 3 understands the Australian accent 

In an exceptional value add for customers, SYNC® 3 will become standard on Everest RWD and is standard across the Ford Escape range.

“Our customers are connected outside their vehicles, and Ford SYNC® 3 will help them stay better connected while continuing to drive with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” said Graeme Whickman. “Our leading local R&D investment also helps us stay better connected to Australian consumer needs, including SYNC® 3’s new voice-recognition technology that understands Australian accents.” ^ 

SYNC® 3^ – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system – features faster performance, conversational voice recognition with Australian accent-specific calibration, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.

SYNC® 3 highlights:

  • New ‘Home’ screen with clearer layout and large icons for quicker access to functions including audio system, smartphone (including compatible apps) and satellite-navigation (where fitted).
  • New 8.0-inch touchscreen with capacitive touch technology allows ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on select features (similar to a smartphone or tablet).
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration includes ability to access Apple Siri and Google Now#.
  • Compatible apps include Spotify, Pandora and Google Maps+.
  • More customisable and easier-to-navigate settings and user preferences.

Going Further for Australia and Australian Customers

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

Ford is home to 2,000 team members, most making up one of the company’s three global product development hubs, with the company set to become the largest auto employer in the nation after 2017.

^Not all SYNC™features are compatible with all phones.

##Maximum braked towing capacity using genuine Ford towbar. Subject to State and Territory regulations.

#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.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Mich. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, 
SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics.


For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

  • The 2017 Everest Trend RWD, with development led by Ford of Australia’s product development team, offers a suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, improved fuel economy compared to the 4WD to help customers save at the pump, SYNC® 3 with an Aussie accent and voice recognition

  • The Everest Trend 4WD made an immediate impact in its first year with numerous automotive media awards

  • The new Escape will arrive in showrooms alongside the Everest RWD with improved fuel efficiency for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost model and the latest driver assistance technologies, along with greater choice with a new front-wheel drive Trend variant as Ford more than doubles the number of SUVs in its line-up since 2012
  • Everest RWD and Escape bring SYNC®3 to the mid-size SUV segment for the first time. SYNC® 3^ – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system – features faster performance, conversational voice recognition with Australian accent-specific calibration, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and easier-to-understand graphical interface

  • 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 rapid expansion of its SUV lineup with Australians likely to buy more SUVs than cars soon.

MELBOURNE, December 2, 2016 – The new Ford Everest RWD and Escape are arriving to boost Ford’s SUV sales momentum as the company invests more in local SUV innovation while doubling its SUV lineup, with Australian consumers poised to become the first in the world to buy more SUVs than cars.

“The Everest 4WD range has already established itself as an award-winning vehicle, so the new rear-wheel-drive model will now help us build more momentum with buyers who do not need the vehicle’s locally-developed off-road capability ,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia. “As we double our SUV offerings, the Everest also serves as our flagship of this growing lineup with more local pedigree than any competitive SUV thanks to our Australian product development team’s leading role designing, engineering and testing it.”

The Everest Trend RWD offers a suite of safety and driver-assist technologies that give drivers more confidence, improved fuel economy compared to the Everest Trend 4WD to help customers save at the pump, SYNC® 3 with Aussie accent recognition.

The Everest Trend 4WD has received numerous accolades from motoring media including Drive’s 2015 ‘Car of the Year’, Drive’s 2015 and 2016 ‘Best 4WD of the Year’ and 4x4 Australia’s 2016 ‘4x4 of the Year’.

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

Ford has doubled the number of SUVs in its Australian line-up since 2012 as the automaker expects SUV sales to reach 40 percent of all Australian vehicle sales by 2018 based on contemporary lifestyle needs, including Millennials reaching child-rearing stage and Baby Boomers continuing to buy SUVs at high rates

Everest Trend RWD – impressively capable

The Everest Trend RWD will continue to be an impressively capable SUV offering the same 3.2-litre 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 Everest Trend 4WD, it is an excellent option for large SUV buyers or families who enjoy an occasional excursion off-road, but who are usually found in urban environments.

The great Escape: Australian summer getaway 

The 2017 Escape will arrive in showrooms alongside the Everest RWD with improved fuel efficiency for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost models and driver assistance technologies, with greater choice with a new front-wheel drive Trend variant as Ford more than doubles the number of SUVs in its line-up since 2012.

“Escape is one of our biggest opportunities to accelerate our brand transformation in Australia so it will be at the centre of much of what we do in 2017,” said Whickman. “This vehicle is packed full of innovations and is perfectly sized and capable for young, urban families who need to get around town for work but get away to play on the weekends.”

The Ford Escape is currently being assessed by ANCAP. The Ford Escape will offer high levels of occupant and pedestrian protection and safety specification and is aiming to achieve the maximum ANCAP safety rating. 

EcoBoost: Escape the pump 

The new Escape offers EcoBoost technology, Ford’s innovative engine range that has led to five consecutive Engine of the Year awards for the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that’s been offered in the Fiesta and EcoSport.

The 2017 Escape offers 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines. The deployment of EcoBoost technology has benefitted from the engineering expertise of Ford Australia’s local Product Development team, with Australian engineers playing an integral role in the global EcoBoost program. As part of the international development team, Australian engineers work with teams from around the world, developing EcoBoost powertrains across multiple car lines for both global and Australian consumers.

Faster SYNC® 3 understands the Australian accent 

In an exceptional value add for customers, SYNC® 3 will become standard on Everest RWD and is standard across the Ford Escape range.

“Our customers are connected outside their vehicles, and Ford SYNC® 3 will help them stay better connected while continuing to drive with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” said Graeme Whickman. “Our leading local R&D investment also helps us stay better connected to Australian consumer needs, including SYNC® 3’s new voice-recognition technology that understands Australian accents.” ^ 

SYNC® 3^ – Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system – features faster performance, conversational voice recognition with Australian accent-specific calibration, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.

SYNC® 3 highlights:

  • New ‘Home’ screen with clearer layout and large icons for quicker access to functions including audio system, smartphone (including compatible apps) and satellite-navigation (where fitted).
  • New 8.0-inch touchscreen with capacitive touch technology allows ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on select features (similar to a smartphone or tablet).
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration includes ability to access Apple Siri and Google Now#.
  • Compatible apps include Spotify, Pandora and Google Maps+.
  • More customisable and easier-to-navigate settings and user preferences.

Going Further for Australia and Australian Customers

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

Ford is home to 2,000 team members, most making up one of the company’s three global product development hubs, with the company set to become the largest auto employer in the nation after 2017.

^Not all SYNC™features are compatible with all phones.

##Maximum braked towing capacity using genuine Ford towbar. Subject to State and Territory regulations.

#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.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Mich. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, 
SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics.


For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.