LIMITED in number and ready for off-roading. It’s the introduction on foot, or should be driven, of the 2021 Everest BaseCamp, a special edition model based on the Trend variant of Ford’s super-performance off-road SUV.
The BaseCamp version of Everest is available with two engine options, the 143 kW / 470 Nm 3.2-liter V6 turbo diesel and a 2.0-liter twin-turbo, the former fitted with an automatic transmission. six-speed and a 10-speed automatic drive. the last.
We think we’ve marked the best option for testing, in the form of the 3.2-liter variant, and while it has a braked towing capacity of just under 3,000kg, it certainly has plenty of grunt to haul. a decent amount of weight.
We hooked up a 1400kg caravan (GVM – 750kg Tare) there and headed to flood-ravaged Port Macquarie, to do our part to support the local community there. You never would have known the portable motel was even there, it pulled it out so easily.
Once we picked up the hook and got a bit of sleep it was time to go exploring, including heading to a little place called Kindee. There isn’t much there, but it is home to one of Australia’s famous suspension bridges.
In this case a wooden structure spanning the 70-meter crossing of the Hastings River near Long Flat, which was built in 1936. We were there because the local state forests were closed due to the dangers of fallen trees and trees. dangerous conditions.
We had planned to get dirty in the forest, but after some talking with local experts and a decision to steer clear of real danger, a country walk gave us a chance to see how the Ford handled different road conditions. .
It worked extremely well no matter what we threw at it; dirt, water, mud, rough country roads. The BaseCamp is an awesome kit, with plenty of room for the whole family, whether you’re staying out in the dark or just one with nature.
As we mentioned, it is based on the Trend 4 Ã 4 variant of Everest, which comes standard with accessories such as an electric tailgate, independent front suspension and a solid rear axle with the linkage of Watt.
But it’s inside that you’ll find an abundance of cool stuff, meant to get you away from it all, including three 12V power outlets, a real 230V inverter outlet, three USB ports, one of which is mounted on the windshield and a two-zone climate control.
The 8.0 inch infotainment system supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB + digital radio and runs Ford’s SYNC3 platform. It looks a bit dated, just like the interior, but everything works and is easy to use, and that’s the main thing.
There are two 4.2-inch color instrumentation screens, as well as a FordPass Connect modem, satellite navigation, 8-speaker sound, 30 storage zones, smart keyless entry, and push-start. pushbutton.
Trunk space in the 7-seater is 249 liters with all three rows used, or 876 liters with the rear row lowered (the scenario in which we tested it). There was plenty of room for everything we took. Throw all the seats down, and you’ve got 1796 gallons of space.
Safety features include trailer sway control, off-road traction control, hill descent control and seven airbags. There’s also autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and a rear view camera.
You’ll also find lane departure and lane keeping assistance, parking sensors, and hill launch control, but no blind spot monitoring or tire pressure monitoring. The last of these would be super handy if you do a lot of offroading.
For the BaseCamp, Ford gave it plenty of extras, including a black push bar, LED light bar, factory-fitted snorkel, and black roof-mounted transport bars. These are equipped with a pioneering platform and a real Sunseeker awning.
There are also custom decals on both front doors, a gray painted grille, front and rear bumper pads, fender vents and special edition wheels. Ford also has a ton of accessories that you can add on as well.
This is of course only if all that comes with the BaseCamp offer is not enough, and that just might be the case for off-road enthusiasts. Be careful though, you could end up spending a small fortune if you’re not careful.
In its 3.2-liter form, the 2021 Ford Everest BaseCamp 4WD is priced at $ 64,990 by car. It has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating and comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and the Ford Service Benefits program.
In short, this translates to 15,000 km / 12 month service intervals, with A and B logbook services for the first four years / 60,000 km set at a maximum of $ 299 per service. You also benefit from an Auto Club membership.
This includes roadside assistance and a car loaner service, as well as satellite navigation map updates as they become available. It is available in nine colors, including True Red, Arctic White, Diffused Silver, Deep Crystal Blue, Alabaster White, Shadow Black and Aluminum.
Our 2021 Ford Everest BaseCamp 4 Ã 4 was provided by Ford Australia. For more information, contact your local Ford Dealer.
Ford Everest Base Camp 2021