The redesigned Ford Everest not only has a new up-spec engine and a thoroughly overhauled interior, it also receives a rejigged model line-up with more equipment.
The range now consists of rear-wheel drive Ambiente and Trend and four-wheel drive Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Platinum variants.
CarExpert understands the Everest range will arrive early in the third quarter of 2022.
Ford has confirmed the following safety equipment will be available in the redesigned Everest:
- AEB with pedestrian detection and junction assist
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Lane-keep assist with road-edge detection
- Lane centring
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic assist
- Nine airbags, including curtain airbags for all three rows
The blind-spot monitoring system also includes trailer coverage when you specify the optional Tow Pack and create a profile for your trailer in the infotainment system. It supports trailers up to 2.4m wide and 10m long.
This package also includes a trailer brake controller, trailer light check function and connection check list, and a dedicated towing drive mode.
All variants are offered with a permanent four-wheel drive system using an electronically-controlled on-demand two-speed electromechanical transfer case with selectable off-road modes.
As before, there’s FordPass app connectivity that allows you to remotely start, lock or unlock your vehicle and check its status, but it can also now be used to adjust the available zone lighting or test the trailer lights.
Ford also says the app can be used to book services online at participating dealers and organise a service loan vehicle.
The app also includes an Everest Expert enquiry function, plus Master Your Expert which provides “virtual and hands-on education” to help you learn more about your vehicle and its capabilities.
As with the outgoing model, the Everest range opens with the Ambiente. It’s available with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive, and is exclusively powered by a familiar 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo four-cylinder diesel.
Standard equipment includes:
- Leather-wrapped E-shifter (4×4 models only)
- 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10.1-inch Sync 4A touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Wireless phone charging
- Embedded modem with FordPass app connectivity
- Electric park brake
- LED headlights
- Cloth upholstery
The next rung up is the Trend, which also offers a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive with the standard 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel.
It upgrades to the larger 12-inch touchscreen and receives USB charging outlets across all three rows. Four-wheel drive models also receive an off-road information screen.
Heated and ventilated front seats are optional on all Trend variants, while four-wheel drive models can also be specified with a surround-view camera and zone lighting.
The Trend also appears to receive leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Sport becomes a full-time member of the Everest range, as with the related Ranger ute.
It’s also the most affordable Everest to offer the new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, and is available exclusively with four-wheel drive.
There are larger 20-inch alloy wheels with a black finish to match the black exterior accents, including the mirror caps, door handles and grille bars.
Heated and ventilated front seats are standard, while zone lighting and a surround-view camera are optional.
While the erstwhile flagship Titanium will continue to be offered overseas, Ford Australia is skipping it. At the top of the Everest range is the new Platinum, available exclusively with four-wheel drive and the new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6.
Externally, it’s distinguished by its unique chrome grille with ‘Platinum’ badging across the top, as well as 21-inch alloy wheels with machined accents and matrix LED headlights.
Additional standard equipment over the Sport includes:
- Quilted leather upholstery
- Second-row heated seats
- Heated steering wheel
- 10-way power front seats with driver memory
- Panoramic roof
- Power-folding 50:50 third row
- 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster
- Ambient lighting
- Surround-view camera
- Matrix LED headlights
- Semi-autonomous parking assist
- Zone lighting
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