Ford is full of surprises this week. Right after launching the facelifted Ranger, they also introduced the updated Everest. With these two models getting upgrades, Ford is determined to keep a strong foothold in the midsize SUV market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Like the Ranger, changes to the Everest are largely cosmetic. The 2021 model gets some cues from the Sport variant, which has become a big hit in Thailand when it was launched. Changes to the Everest include a new grille, ‘Everest’ chrome hood lettering, chrome door handles and side mirrors, and new alloy wheels. There are also two new color options, namely Snow Flake White Pearl, for the Trend, Titanium and Titanium+, and Deep Crystal Blue exclusively for the Titanium Sport.
As expected, there are no changes under the hood. After all, it just received a major technical update last year. To recap, the SUV received the new 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel engines and ten-speed automatic transmission.
The “base” EcoBlue is a single turbo mill with 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque, while the 4x4 model uses a bi-turbo version with 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. The latter effectively replaces the large 3.2-liter, five-cylinder unit, although it is still available in some markets. Meanwhile, the single-turbo EcoBlue serves as the entry-level engine in Thailand. However, we expect the familiar 2.2-liter engine for Philippine-spec Trend models.
Aside from the changes mentioned, it is possible that Ford did some quiet updates to the Everest. If so, we'd like to see updates to the ten-speed automatic transmission. A few tweaks to the suspension would be nice, too, to make it ride even better. If Ford did that, then we don't see why the 2021 Everest won't be able to hold off the competition for a few more years.