Ford has added a more generously-specified version of its rear-wheel drive Everest SUV to the range for 2023.

    The new Sport 4×2 Bi-Turbo features the same exterior treatment and interior trims as the more expensive Sport V6, but features the less powerful 2.0-litre engine and isn’t offered with four-wheel drive.

    Pricing kicks off at $62,790 before on-roads, $6800 less than the V6 model based on 2023 prices. Despite the smaller engine, the Sport 4×2 features the same 3.5 tonne braked towing capacity as the 4WD model.

    Ford has struggled for supply of the V6-powered Everest and Ranger since launch, but wait times have been shorter for the 2.0-litre. Current wait times for the Everest Sport V6 and Platinum V6 extend until May 2023.

    “Everest Sport has proven to be a very popular model since we revealed the Next-Generation Everest range earlier this year,” said Andrew Birkic, Ford Australia president and CEO.

    “With the introduction of Everest Sport RWD we are offering our customers more choice, with a very stylish vehicle that can tow the boat and fit the family in safety and comfort.”

    The Sport Bi-Turbo will likely allow buyers who want an Everest with most of the luxury trimmings, but who don’t need four-wheel drive, to get their hands on a car more quickly when it arrives in February 2023.

    Standard equipment on the Sport atop the existing Bi-Turbo flagship, the Trend, includes:

    • Black exterior trim pieces
    • Black 20-inch alloy wheels
    • Hands-free power boot
    • Leather-accented front seats with heating, cooling
    • 10-way power driver’s seat with memory
    • Eight-way passenger seat
    • Exclusive Blue Lightning paint finish option

    Beyond the Sport, the Everest range has been treated to a number of tweaks.

    The range-topping Platinum now features steel underbody protection as standard, along with a black painted roof.

    The Touring Pack offered on 4WD versions of the Trend and Sport has been made $350 more expensive ($2300), but now includes black roof rails, a 360-degree camera, zone lighting, a tow bar, and an integrated trailer brake controller.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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