Seven-seater SUV makes debut in concept form for ASEAN and other global markets

As much as we all love the Ford Flex around here, the public at large doesn’t hold it in high regard. It looks like a big wagon – or maybe even a hearse – and most soccer moms don’t want to drive around in something that makes them feel like an undertaker.

It’s too bad as Ford does have another vehicle in its arsenal that would probably suit North American tastes just fine. And here it is: the Ford Everest.

Going into its third generation, and shown here in concept form, the Everest is based on the global Ranger platform, the other forbidden fruit in Ford’s truck and SUV lineup (oh, and add EcoSport to that as well). While no engines were mentioned in the press release, it is a very handsome hunk of metal.

Full press release below with all the flowery language.


FORD EVEREST CONCEPT REVEALS FUTURE DIRECTION FOR RUGGED, MID-SIZE SUV AT BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

  • Ford Everest Concept shows Ford’s vision for a mid-size, seven-seat versatile SUV designed for ASEAN and global markets, to be built in Thailand
  • Ford Everest Concept builds on Ford’s global SUV expertise to show how Ford expects to bring new levels of refinement and capability to the fast-growing SUV segment
  • Premium comfort sets the Everest Concept as the new benchmark for what it means to be a truly progressive, tough SUV with a refined appearance that communicates the vehicle’s capabilities

BANGKOK, Thailand – Presenting a breakthrough blend of strength, style and technology, Ford showcased the new Ford Everest Concept at the Bangkok International Auto Show today. The ASEAN debut of the Ford Everest Concept follows its global reveal in Sydney in August 2013.

“The Ford Everest Concept shows the bold new direction that we envision for a mid-size, seven-seat SUV that has been designed for ASEAN and global markets,” said Matt Bradley, president, Ford ASEAN.

“Extending Ford’s unsurpassed heritage of creating class-defining SUVs, the Everest Concept features a stunning design that hints at its toughness and exceptional capability. And, like the current Everest, the production version of this next-generation SUV will be built right here in Thailand.”

The Ford Everest Concept builds on Ford’s SUV expertise and is aimed squarely at the global utility market, which grew 13 percent in 2013. Thanks to its global strengths and growing lineup of products, Ford outpaced this rapidly growing segment in 2013, selling 1.2 million utility vehicles, up 35 percent from a year earlier.

A vehicle like the Ford Everest Concept will strengthen Ford’s utility offering in the fast-growing ASEAN region, and comes after the introduction in the region of the all-new Ford EcoSport, a class-defining urban SUV.

Unshakable toughness and premium comfort sets the Everest Concept as the new benchmark for what it means to be a truly progressive SUV.

Featuring a powerful, yet refined, design that is unmistakably Ford, the Ford Everest Concept is a strong precursor to a vehicle that will meet the needs of customers in ASEAN markets looking for a highly capable vehicle that is equally at home up-country or in the city, combining world-class toughness with premium refinement.

The Ford Everest Concept is built upon key Ford design cues, combining sleekness and refinement with bold and rugged technical details. Headlamps connected to a prominent inverted trapezoid grille set high on the front allowed designers to maximize the headlamps’ dimensions, communicating better functionality while emphasizing the grille and the SUV’s width. The result is a strong and powerful presence for the entire front end, one which is unmistakably a Ford.

Moving back from the upright grille, the headlamps are swept back for a modern and aerodynamic look. The vehicle’s profile is sculpted, with sleek and tailored body sides that give the Ford Everest Concept a modern and sophisticated air.

At the back of the vehicle, designers placed prominent, chiseled taillamps over a negative scallop, making for a sculptural and robust rear that contrasts with the square, flat liftgates on traditional SUVs. Combined with high ground clearance that indicates the vehicle’s off-road potential, the distinctive design of the Ford Everest Concept reflects the SUV’s fun-to-drive Ford DNA.

Amplifying and reflecting the vehicle’s tough physique and impressive capabilities, the Ford Everest Concept is painted in a show-stopping red with a flash of orange, called “Sunset Flare”. Bold and powerful, it has a warmth that expresses the vehicle’s premium qualities.

Created by Ford’s regional design and product development team in Australia, the Ford Everest Concept is the latest proof point of Ford’s regional design and engineering capabilities, as it creates world-class vehicles for markets in Asia Pacific and around the world.

“The Everest Concept represents our vision of a global Ford vehicle with regional heritage that will allow customers to take on the world,” said Bradley. “It shows how we continue to implement an ongoing product-led transformation and futher expand our showrooms across the ASEAN region.”




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