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The new Ford Everest is described as big, brutish and beautiful. The front is dominated by a three bar hexagonal grille, with HID projector lights and DRLs flanking it on both sides.

The utilitarian brutish looks of new Everest is derived from the Ford Ranger pick-up line, which gives the vehicle a distinct “you don’t want to mess with me” look when it’s traversing Fiji roads.

Thanks to a wading dept of 800m and ground clearance of 225, the new Everest can easily wade through ankle-high without any problems.

That tough, brutish design is spread everywhere and overall the new Everest looks like beefy SUV that rugged on the outside but comfy and refined on the inside.

Lots of smart technology on the inside is purely meant for comfort ride. Thanks to new Everest large footprint, the cabin is extremely roomy with enough space for everyone to settle in comfortably.

Aside from the speedo, the gauge is entirely digital and you can switch through the multiples screens to see fuel economy, navigation information, RPMs, what music is playing and so on and so forth.

This is definitely one epic SUV. The rest of the controls are thoughtfully laid out, though there’s quite a number of buttons and controls on the steering wheel.

The eight-inch touchscreen by Ford’s Sync three technology and is capable of running Android auto and pairing is quick and easy, the 10 speakers scattered throughout the vehicle delivered excellent sound overall.

The seats are leather at this trim level, the new Everest’s interior is designed to get you and everything you need comfortably from A to B and beyond.

Small additions to the new Everest make it a great driver’s car: rain-sensing wipers, lumbar support for Tito backs as well as auto automatic headlights make driving a little more bearable during rush hour.

That same feeling of comfiness translates to the second row which can seat three people. There is dual-zone climate control for the people at the back too.

The trend trim of the new Everest comes with four-cylinder 2.2L TDCi turbo diesel engine that produces around 160HP and 385NM of torque.

That’s mated to a six speed automatic transmission. The front suspension is an independent, double-wishbone type with coil-over shocks and an anti-roll bar, while the rear is a multi-link rigid axel with coil springs.

The suspension dampers the ride well. Putting the power to the pavement is 18-inch alloy wheels, mated to 265/60/R18 all-season tyres.

One of the main key factors of this new Everest’s extremely light steering wheel, which makes it easy to get around tight spot despite its size.

The Everest is driven by wire, thanks to the electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) system which keeps the wheel feeling light during slow speed and tightens when the needle creeps up the speedo.

As for fuel efficiency, it’s around 7.8KM/L on the combined highway and city drive, which is very efficient for an SUV of this size.

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