- V6 and Bi-Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine options
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- 3,500kg towing capacity
- 50mm wider track
- Ford licensed ARB accessories developed
Ford’s new model roll-out continues, with the Next-Gen Everest breaking cover this week. Built on the same revised T6 chassis as Ranger, the new Everest has, according to Ford, been built for the adventurous family.
“When we started imagining the Next-Gen Everest, we started not at the beginning but at the end: With our customers,” said Ian Foston, chief platform engineer for Everest. “They’re people who like adventure, recreation and being able to go out with family and friends. Whether they’re conquering sand, rocks or city life, these customers appreciate the utility, capability and spaciousness of an SUV.”
Powering Ford’s new adventure wagon, depending on the spec level you choose, is either a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel or, the 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel available in the current Ranger/Everest line-up. Both engines are backed by Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford’s engineers have added 50mm to the Everest’s track, which they claim improves the ride and driving experience. Additionally, they’ve beefed up the cooling systems for each engine and the front and rear axle load ratings, which in turn has allowed a 3,500kg tow rating, when fitted with the optional factory Tow Pack, which now includes an integrated brake controller. In the somewhat ridiculous world of tow-rating tit-for-tat, the Everest now outguns the Prado.
One particularly cool feature for the vanistas out there is the trailer light check function, that runs all of the lights through a continual test loop, so that you no longer have to sit in the driver’s seat and manually operate the lights, while Mum yells at you from out the back of the Jayco.
Everest is offered with two drivetrain options, including 4×2 which is available on Ambiente and Trend and 4×4 which is available across the range and features a permanent four-wheel drive system that uses an electronically controlled on-demand two-speed electromechanical transfer case (EMTC) with selectable drive modes.
Wading depth is quoted as up to 800mm and the top-spec Platinum is available with an off-road package that includes more sensible 18” wheels and steel underbody protection.
Everest’s new integrated roof rails, and the stand-off roof rails specific to the top-spec Platinum have been engineered to support static loads of up to 350kg and dynamic loads of up to 100kg.
The Australian range includes four specification levels, starting with the entry-level Ambiente, and followed by Trend, Sport and the flagship Platinum.
MY23 Ford Everest Australian 4×4 range
- Everest Ambiente 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo
- Everest Trend 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo
- Everest Sport 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo
- Everest Sport 3.0-litre V6
- Everest Platinum 3.0-litre V6
MY23 Ford Everest Ambiente 4×4 standard features:
- 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel
- Permanent four-wheel-drive system
- Normal, Eco, Slippery and Tow/Haul modes
- Mud/Ruts and Sand modes
- Electronic gear selector
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- 10.1-inch Sync 4A touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- FordPass Connect app connectivity
- 8.0-inch digital instrument display
- LED headlights
- Cloth upholstery
- Wireless phone charging
- Electric parking brake
- 60:40 split-folding second-row seats
MY23 Ford Everest Trend 4×4 adds:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- 12-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Four-wheel-drive information screen
- Upgraded LED tail-lights
- Upgraded interior upholstery with quilted accents
- Third-row USB ports
MY23 Ford Everest Sport 4×4 adds:
- Optional 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6
- 20-inch black alloy wheels
- Black finish for front grille, mirrors, door handles
- ‘EVEREST’ black bonnet lettering
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- ‘Sport’ seat badges
- Metal interior accents
MY23 Ford Everest Platinum adds:
- 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 is standard
- 21-inch alloy wheels
- ‘PLATINUM’ bonnet lettering
- Matrix LED headlights
- 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster
- 360-degree camera
- Quilted leather seat upholstery with Platinum badges
- 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated second-row seats
- Exterior zone lighting
- Park assist function
- Ambient interior lighting
- 50:50 split-folding third row
- Stand-off roof rails
MY23 Option Packages
Off-road Package that includes down-sizing to 18-inch wheels and the addition of steel underbody protection (UVP). This package is only available on the Platinum.
Tow Pack includes fitted towbar and wiring harness, along with an integrated brake controller. Optioning this pack ups the maximum towing capacity to 3,500kg.
Ford hasn’t provided any output figures for the V6 or confirmed any pricing at this stage.
The new Everest is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2022, with production of the current model Ranger and Everest winding-up over the next couple of months.