The Ford Everest has been around for quite a while now, and it really was only a matter of time before they launched an updated version to meet the renewed competition from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Chevrolet and Nissan.
Now that time has come, at least for Thailand where the Everest is made.
Ford has just released the update and upgrade for their hot-selling pick-up passenger vehicle (PPV). The Everest, presumably the 2019 model, will get some design tweaks in the form of a new 3-bar chrome grille on top of a honeycomb design, as well as a redesigned lower bumper. The Titanium+ variant of the Everest will get new 20-inch alloy wheels, while Titanium models will retain their 18-inch wheels.
Safety will also be enhanced in the form of an Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system for the Everest Titanium+. Similar to the auto braking system of other manufacturers, the version in the Everest uses radar and front camera to detect automobiles and pedestrians; it will brake if a collision is imminent and senses no reaction from the driver.
The biggest change is the replacement of both the 3.2-liter and 2.2-liter turbodiesel engines. Both of these motors have been removed from the Everest line-up and replaced with the 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel with two distinct power outputs, the first of which a 180 PS, 420 Nm turbo intercooler diesel engine. This motor will replace the 2.2-liter DuraTORQ TDCI.
The other version of the engine will replace the 3.2-liter motor; a 2.0-liter bi-turbo EcoBlue diesel engine that makes 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. If it sounds familiar, it's because the same engine is used in the high perfomance Ford Ranger Raptor pick-up.
Another major change for the Everest is the use of a 10-speed automatic which replaces the 6-speed unit. No mention was made of manual gearbox options.
The Thai debut of the new Everest is significant because many of Ford's vehicles for the ASEAN market are manufactured there. Other countries will follow, as per Ford's standard practices.