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The next-gen Ford Everest is tougher on the outside and softer on the interior. Welcome to the ever-evolving world of off-road SUVs.
Predicted to arrive in the third quarter of the 2022 calendar year, Ford hasn’t fettled the new Everest SUV so much as reimagined what it is to be a capable SUV for on and off-road duties. Will it work? Time will tell but Australia’s love of big SUVs suggests this is a winning formula.
In terms of capability Ford has looked to add rugged off-road ability with a far more amenable interior, down to soft-touch surfaces on the interfaces our hands usually deal with and improved visual displays.
The global reveal indicates there will be eight and 12-inch infotainment displays, depending on which model buyers opt for, along with a digital driver’s display stretching up to 12-inches long.
The 3.0-litre turbo V6 engine in the Ford Ranger will also feature in high-spec models, providing enough impetus to propel up to 3.5-tonnes of towing capacity (with an optional tow pack).
Paired with a 10-speed automatic, the engine will be standard in the range-topping Platinum version and available as an option on the Sport variant, which defaults to Ford’s proven 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbodiesel. The Trend and Ambiente variants will rely on the four-cylinder engine, again coupled to the 10-speed automatic.
Ford isn’t yet talking GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) and associated figures yet but assured the global media contingent that this version of the Everest is more capable than the current model in terms of carrying capacity.