Want a new Ford Everest with a V6 turbo-diesel engine? You could be waiting a while.
Ford Australia has confirmed customer demand for the V6-powered Everest Sport and Platinum grades is so high, that it’s currently taking new orders for a fourth quarter 2023 delivery schedule.
“Due to the strong interest in the Next-Gen Everest Sport V6, we are currently facing significant wait times and as a result we are now taking new orders for Quarter 4, 2023 arrivals,” a spokesperson for Ford Australia told CarExpert.
“However, we encourage customers to contact their Ford Dealer as timing may vary depending on dealership location and desired specification.”
Last we heard in September, orders placed at launch for the Everest V6 would see a delivery date of May 2023. Two months on and it’s already at October-December inclusive.
This news comes after a hot month of sales for the ladder-frame SUV nameplate, setting an all-time monthly sales record of 1271 registrations during October 2022.
It placed the Everest in second behind the top-selling Toyota Prado (1461 units) in the overall mainstream Large SUV standings in VFACTS sales figures, and marked monthly growth of 134.1 per cent compared to October 2021.
Year to date (YTD), the Everest nameplate has returned 8076 registrations through to October 31, up 20.7 per cent on the same period last year and commanding 8.0 per cent market share. Further, it puts the Everest in fourth place YTD behind the Toyota Prado (19,087 units), Toyota Kluger (10,989 units) and Isuzu MU-X (8825 units) in the yearly standings.
While V6 models are in short supply at the moment, Ford says its 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo models – namely the entry-level Ambiente and Trend trims – are readily available, with “wide availability with typically no waiting period”.
Just months after launching its new-generation 4×4, Ford Australia announced details of the updated MY23.5 Everest line-up, headlined by the addition of a new Everest Sport Bi-Turbo 4×2 variant – likely helping to curb short supply of the Ranger Sport V6.
Featuring all the same appointments as the penultimate Sport V6 specification, the Sport Bi-Turbo swaps out the 3.0-litre V6 diesel for the smaller 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo unit and is rear-wheel drive only. It’s also $6800 less than the V6 4×4 version, with prices starting at $62,790 plus on-road costs, though it retains the V6’s 3500kg towing capacity.
“[The] 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.”
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