Ford is turning up the heat for the pickup-based SUV battle once again. Ford Australia has pulled the wraps off the updated Everest and has given out some specs as well. Changes include exterior tweaks, and hardware upgrades.
Most significantly, the 2019 Ford Everest gets a power upgrade. In Australia at least, the mid-sized SUV gets Ranger Raptor power meaning the new 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel resides under the hood. Reserved for the top-spec models, the engine produces 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Those figures are 13 PS and 30 Nm more than the larger 3.2-liter, straight-five turbodiesel.
EcoBlue-powered Everests use the new 10-speed automatic transmission, just like the Ranger Raptor. Entry-level Everests will continue to use the 3.2-liter diesel with the six-speed automatic transmission while the mid-spec variant can be specified with the EcoBlue diesel. Base and mid-spec models come with rear-wheel drive standard with permanent 4WD being an option. Top-spec Titaniums are 4WD only for the Australian market.
Unlike the powertrain upgrades, exterior tweaks are more subtle. Most noticeable is a new garnish for the foglight surrounds and lower air intake. There is also a different grill as well, employing a slimmer, three-bar treatment. Wheels on the other hand are carried over for Trend models while the new Titanium variant gets newly-designed 20-inch alloy wheels.
For now, there are no interior photos published by Ford Australia just yet. More information will be revealed later this year. In Australia, the updated Everest will make its debut by the fourth quarter of 2018. Release dates for ASEAN have yet to be announced.