Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Brent Co, Ford | posted October 29, 2014 17:46
Find out more about Ford's upcoming "haymaker"
According to a well placed source in Ford's global development team, the next generation Ford Everest SUV will have its global reveal on (tentatively) November 14, 2014.
Ford will be revealing the exterior as well as the interior of the production Everest that will compete against models like the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Montero Sport, two of the hottest selling 7-seat diesel SUVs in the Philippine market.
Based on the Ranger with upgraded engines
Like its predecessors, the upcoming 2015 Everest uses the same platform as the Ranger, albeit with a Watts-link coil-spring rear suspension set-up. Both 4x4 and 4x2 models will be available.
Our source says the 2015 Everest will come powered with a 2.2-liter DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 TDCI as well as a 3.2-liter DOHC 20-valve Inline-5 TDCI motor. The latter will be used for the 4x4, though it was revealed to us that both of these Ford turbodiesels will receive upgrades over the versions found in the Ranger that Ford launched in 2011.
As it stands, the current 2.2L and 3.2L engines produce 150 PS and 200 PS, respectively. The exact power figures of the updated motors haven't been released, but what is quite certain is that the upgraded TDCI motors will also find their way into the soon-to-be-released Ford Ranger, as it is due for its mid-cycle refresh.
F-150 inspired interior, advanced technologies
Our source states that the interior will use many of the cues used in the dashboard of the 2015 Ford F-150 (above) pick up for the U.S. market. As to how much inspiration the Everest's dash will take from the F-150, we aren't sure, but we only have two weeks to wait before we fully see what the Everest has in store.
The Everest will come with Ford's latest SYNC 2 integrated multimedia system with an 8-inch MyFordTouch screen. Apart from AppLink and the quicker load times, SYNC 2 has -according to various reports- better and more intuitive voice recognition.
Camouflaged Everests accumulating mileage
Ford is already driving around a few examples of camouflaged Everests in Thailand. These VOCF (Voice of the Customer) Everests are being driven around to accumulate mileage as verification and test prototypes. Other websites have snapped these camouflaged models driving around, and judging by the images, the production model isn't far off from the Everest Concept that they displayed in Sydney and Bangkok.With regards to how they expect the 2015 Everest to perform vis-a-vis the competition, our source shared a few thoughts.
"When we released the Ranger, how big a step forward was it?" said our source. "No use doing something unless you are really going to do it."
Needless to say, the guys developing the Everest are fully confident of their work. So now the countdown to November 14 begins.
Are you excited to see what the next generation Ford Everest has to offer?