Here’s the next-generation Ford Everest in glorious high definition, albeit still covered head to toe in camouflage.
A Ford executive has confirmed the new Ranger will be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
This will help Ford of Europe to meet its target of having electrified drivetrains account for 60 per cent of all commercial vehicle sales by 2030.
Despite our best pixel-peeping efforts we can only find the fuel filler door on the left rear fender, so it’s possible the charge flap is still completely hidden under the camouflage.
This is not the first time we’ve seen an Everest prototype running around, so we already know the next-generation SUV will swap its soft, rounded lines for a squarer suit.
Up front, the Everest sports a different headlight configuration to the Ranger prototype from earlier today, with LED driving lights running along most of the frame’s edge, and a different vertical stack of lighting units.
There’s a similar setup at the rear, where the design seems to closely mimic the F-150-based Expedition SUV sold in the States. One notable difference is that the tail-lights continue into the tailgate.
As is currently the case, the Everest shares a platform with the Ranger ute. As such it will use a subset of the the four drivetrain options we believe the new Ranger will use.
On the diesel side of the Ranger ledger will be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo, and a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6.
As for petrol motivation, the Ranger should be available with a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid, and a 2.7-litre turbo V6. The latter is likely to power the Ranger Raptor, at least for North America.
We’re not sure which of the engines will end up in the Everest. The diesels seem to be a safe bet, and the plug-in hybrid will be a necessity if the car is sold Europe.
The 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 would likely only appear if Ford decides to make the Everest available in North America.
Just like the Ranger, we expect the Everest will gain Ford’s latest in-car technology, including the Sync 4 infotainment system paired with either 15.5- or 12.0-inch touchscreen depending on the grade
Top-spec models should be available a 12.0-inch instrumentation display.
Judging by the bump on the wing mirror, the Everest’s safety suite will include blind spot monitoring.
Both the new Everest and Ranger are being designed and developed in Australia, and will serve as the basis of the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok ute.
As with the current Everest, the new SUV will be produced in Thailand and exported to Australia.