A Sanctuary on Wheels

Discovering Oman’s Vast Beauty with the Next-Gen Ford Everest

Shereen Shabnam

Oman, with its diverse landscapes and rugged terrain, served as the perfect backdrop for a test drive of the Next-Gen Ford Everest. This SUV, making its Middle East debut, combines adventure-ready capability with luxurious comfort and cutting-edge technology. We headed on an exploration of Oman’s scenic wonders, putting the Everest’s capabilities to the test.

As we set off on our journey, one thing becomes immediately clear – the Next-Gen Ford Everest is built tough on the outside but offers a sanctuary-like interior. Its spacious cabin is designed for the ultimate comfort of up to seven passengers. Plush materials, premium finishes, and ambient lighting create an inviting atmosphere.

The Everest’s cabin is not just about aesthetics; it’s also highly functional. The full-width instrument panel and center console offer ample storage, and the XLT and Limited trims feature integrated wireless charging. Access to the third row is made easy with second-row seats that slide forward. Every occupant has power outlets for charging devices, ensuring a connected journey.

Our journey in Oman took us through a variety of terrains, from rocky trails to smooth highways. The Everest’s powertrains were up to the task. Depending on the market, customers have a choice of engines. We had the opportunity to experience the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo petrol engine, a proven powerhouse delivering an impressive 296 horsepower, making it the best-in-class.

For those seeking a diesel option, the 2.0-liter Single-Turbo diesel engine is available, providing 168 horsepower and excellent low-speed torque. Whether towing, going off-road, or simply enjoying a family adventure, the Everest’s engines deliver the power and torque needed for every situation.

Oman’s diverse terrain offered us a variety of driving challenges, and the Everest proved its mettle. Its 4×4 system with Electronic Shift On the Fly (ESOF) transfer case, underbody skid plates, rear locking differential, and off-road selectable drive modes allowed us to navigate confidently through rough patches.

We utilized Everest’s off-road screens, displaying vehicle information and a front camera view of the terrain ahead. Predictive overlay guidelines made negotiating obstacles a breeze. The SUV’s water wading ability of up to 800mm provided added reassurance, especially when crossing water bodies.

Towing capabilities were also put to the test, and the Everest didn’t disappoint. With a maximum braked trailer towing capability of up to 3,100kg, it’s well-suited for those with trailers or cargo to haul. The integrated electric trailer brake controller and other smart towing technologies made the process smoother.

Our journey through Oman’s scenic routes was complemented by the Everest’s connectivity and safety features. The 8-inch digital instrument panel and large touchscreens, including the impressive 12-inch screen, showcased Ford’s latest SYNC® 4A system. Voice-activated communications, entertainment, and information systems kept us connected on the go.

The 360-degree camera, combined with split-view display, simplified parking in tight spots and off-road navigation. Everest’s off-road zone lighting system ensured we never had to operate in the dark during our various activities.

Safety was a top priority. The Everest comes equipped with advanced driver assist technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering, and a suite of collision mitigation systems. With features like Reverse Parking Aid, Rearview Camera, and Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage, we felt confident and secure on the road.

Our expedition through Oman’s picturesque landscapes with the Next-Gen Ford Everest was nothing short of extraordinary. This SUV, tough on the outside and a sanctuary on the inside, is engineered for adventure.

Whether you’re exploring rugged trails or embarking on a family road trip, the Everest is the ideal companion. It combines power, comfort, and advanced technology to make every journey enjoyable and safe. As we soaked in Oman’s natural beauty, we couldn’t help but appreciate the Everest’s versatility and capability.

For those seeking a vehicle that can handle the demands of both the urban jungle and the great outdoors, the Next-Gen Ford Everest is a compelling choice. It’s time to embark on your own adventure with the Everest and experience the world like never before.

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