New 2015 Ford Everest SUV Peaks Interest At Its Chinese Debut

The attractively styled and generously equipped 2015 Ford Everest SUV made its debut at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China, disappointing delegates from this side of the pond who won't be able to purchase the Asia-Pacific market only vehicle back home.

Designed to compete with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota's popular Land Cruiser, the Ford Everest can trace its ancestry back to the pioneering Ford Explorer via its chassis – basically a stretched version of the overseas Ford Ranger pickup's underpinnings. The new Everest will be manufactured in China by the Jiangling-Ford joint venture corporation and exported to regional markets such as the Philippines in early 2015.

The new Everest will be offered with a wide range of engine choices (with regional variations) including the trusty 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo fourbanger, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder Duratorq turbodiesel, and a 3.2-liter inline-five Duratorq turbodiesel. The standard transmission is a rugged six-speed automatic.

Don't think the sharp-looking new Everest is all show and no go: the sleek four-door boasts nearly nine inches of ground clearance, a recommended wading depth of over 30 inches, plus 29-degree approach and 25-degree departure angles. Drivers faced with rough roads (we're talking Himalaya-tough) will appreciate on-the-fly adjustable four-wheel drive amongst other off-roading features.

Though country-capable in the extreme, the new Ford Everest has got what it takes to keep drivers and passengers as cozy and comfy as the Last Emperor. Ford's spiffy Sync 2 infotainment system and its eight-inch touchscreen help soothe the senses while active noise control helps keep the wild from overly intruding. The Everest also offers an optional panoramic moonroof that brings monsoon-free skyscapes up close & personal.

When not needed, the seven-place cabin's second and third row seats conveniently fold flat to accommodate various types of cargo. Once under way, the Everest helps drivers feel secure by way of autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure and lane-keeping systems, and a full swathe of other electronic safety features.

Indeed, the 2015 Ford Everest would seem to appeal to a world-wide audience but North Americans can only drool from afar as Ford's domestic utility lineup is already flush with three-row models such as the Flex, the Explorer and the Expedition. Adding the new Everest to the mix might help Ford add sales but they'd almost certainly be at the expense of its established offerings. (via Autoblog, Topgear, and CarNewsChina)