New generation Ford Everest seeks exotic markets again
Ford hasn’t changed its view on its rugged SUV Everest if the latest reveal is anything to go by. In line with the previous generation, the model seeks its fortune in the global markets beyond Europe and the USA. But it still has more than one thing in common with the Ranger.
Just as before, the Everest is a more lifestyle-oriented version of the Ranger. It replaces the load bay with a passenger compartment, offering space for seven occupants. Underneath, this SUV rides on the same robust underpinnings as the famed pick-up.
The lion’s share of technology is shared between the two models, whether it is the huge central touch screen in portrait mode inside or the snout mimicking the Ranger, except for a more refined front bumper. Under the hood, Ford offers single and double turbo versions of its 2.0-liter diesel and a 3.0 V6 (most probably a Volkswagen unit which has jointly developed its Amarok with the Ranger).
There will also be a 2.3 Ecoboost petrol engine on offer. All are traditional ICE powertrains, a strategy that one can trace directly to the markets this vehicle targets, which will be sold in countries like China, Africa, and Australia where emission regulation is less stringent. Six-speed and ten-speed automatic gearboxes handle the torque and basic rear-wheel drive will be supplemented by four-wheel drive.
Ford Europe misses out on this type of vehicle, but in the USA the Bronco is regarded as the passenger-centric version of the Ranger, based on the same body-on-frame architecture.
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