Find My Brake - Ford Everest
We look at the Ford Everest and its braking system options
Based on the mighty Ford Ranger, the Ford Everest incorporates all the Ranger’s toughness and off-road capability into a more family-friendly SUV configuration, making it perfect for the school run, towing the boat, and venturing out for for some casual rock-hopping and mud-plugging all in the same week. The Everest offers itself as one of the better examples of a ute-based 4WD wagon available today, doing an excellent good job of satisfying driver needs for a family-friendly SUV with car-like ride and handling, whilst also being an extremely effective off-roader.
Under the bonnet you’ll find either Ford’s 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-banger pumping out 143kW at 3000rpm and 470Nm at 1750–2500rpm, or the new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo four cylinder developing 157kW at 3750rpm and 500Nm at 1750–2000rpm. The older 3.2-litre lump is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission, whilst the newer 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo upgrades to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Pulling power down low is strong in the 3.2-litre, especially given that you’re getting all of that torque at 1750rpm, while the gearbox generally feels nicely-matched to the tune of the 3.2-litre. Jump into the 2.0-Litre and the power and torque delivery is smooth at low and high speeds, with everything being done in a low-key but effective, unfussed manner.
Braked towing capacity comes in at 3000kg, which might be 500kg less than its Ranger counterpart, but also makes it best in class when it comes to the SUV market. However, the Everest exceeds its competitors elsewhere with a 100kg roof payload and 750kg cargo payload.
All Everests come equipped with seven, giving it a leg up on its competitors which are generally only offered as base five-seaters. Cargo space is 1060 litres with five seats in use, expanding to 2010L when the rear two rows are flat. The entry-level Everest comes with equipment such as cloth seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, roof rails, active noise cancellation, cruise control and a rear-view camera with sensors. Infotainment is covered by an old-generation SYNC 1 system based on a 4.2-inch TFT screen. You also get Bluetooth/Aux/USB, SYNC Emergency Assist, and no less than four 12V sockets (and one 230V powerpoint in the rear). All Everests also get seven airbags, including three-row curtains.
Despite being a body-on-frame vehicle, the Everest has been optimised to perform its absolute best on-road. Essentially, a body-on-frame off-roader made comfortable. Differing from its Ranger counterpart, the Everest is equipped with a more passenger-friendly rear suspension setup comprising a coil-over strut design with a Watt’s linkage as part of the solid axle to limit lateral movement. This keeps the tail more settled over sharp bumps and keeps the car flatter mid-corner. Ford has also tweaked the damper valving and spring rates, minimising cabin intrusion from rough and corrugated roads, with even sharp road joiners and potholes dealt with, with ease.
Off-road, the Everest is just as capable as its Ranger counterpart. The Everest comes equipped with full-time 4WD with low-range gearing, as well as Ford’s Active Terrain Assist system with four modes (Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand and Rock) operated by a rotary dial that optimises the transmission, brake/traction module and throttle to suit the terrain at hand. For example, Snow, Mud and Grass mode keeps rpm lower via the gearbox and reduces pedal sensitivity. Sand mode transfers torque between the axles more aggressively and increases throttle response, while Rock mode makes the torque transfer even more aggressive and ups the traction control to combat wheel slip. The Everest also offers class-leading 800mm water wading capability, as well as 225mm of ground clearance, a departure angle of 25-degrees, a ramp-over angle of 21-degrees and an approach angle of 29-degrees.
For those looking for a family hauler with all the toughness and off-road capability of a body-on-frame Ute, whilst still retaining the comfort and on-road driveability of a car-based SUV, the Ford Everest is the perfect place to look.
Braking Systems for the Ford Everest
Bendix offers a range of brake pad material with Heavy Duty and 4WD pads being the best choice for the Everest. In addition, Bendix also offers the Ultimate Brake Disc Rotor and the Ultimate 4WD Upgrade Kit.
The Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit provides a real solution for 4WD and work ute’s stopping needs. This kit includes Ultimate Front rotors, Front pads and Front and Rear braided brake hoses which can also be purchased in 2-inch lift extended brake line version. It also contains Bendix brake fluid, brake cleaner, rotor wipes and a tube of brake lubricant all in this handy 4WD carry case.
Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved, which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track.
To complement our brake pads, Bendix has a matched Ultimate Brake Disc Rotor which features High Carbon Metallurgy, Diamond Tip Slots and a Swiftfit Coating.
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