It's amazing just how much power modern mid-sized SUVs make these days. Back then, you were lucky enough to nudge 160 horsepower from their standard diesel engines, but now, they're making about 200 or more. If you include their gas-powered counterparts, it's well above that figure.
For the longest time, it was the Toyota Fortuner 4.0-liter V6 that's been leading the pack with 235 PS in the Middle East. But Ford wants to take that crown away from Toyota, and they have done that by sticking in a Mustang engine in the Everest. The result is the Everest GTDi (Gasoline Turbo Direct Injection).
No, they didn't shoehorn the mighty 5.0-liter V8 under the hood of the Everest. What they did was take the Mustang EcoBoost's 2.3-liter turbo to power this SUV. It is, however, detuned but it's still more powerful than the six-cylinder Toyota. Whereas the Mustang EcoBoost puts out 317 PS, the 2.3-liter turbo in the Everest is rated at 275 PS. It's quite a lot less than the pony car but heaps more than the Fortuner's V6.
The torque rating of this Everest is just as impressive. While it doesn't have the same amount of pull as the 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo EcoBlue turbo-diesel, we wouldn't call 455 Nm underpowered in any way. The only transmission available for the Everest GTDi is a ten-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard with four-wheel drive being an option.
So where is this turbocharged Everest being sold, you ask? You'll have to move to China to get your hands on it. Unfortunately, the odds of this boosted Everest arriving here are very slim. Given that most mid-sized PPVs here are diesel (Toyota is the only one who offers gas here), Ford Philippines might not even consider bringing this model here in the first place.
Still, the idea of an Everest packing 275 PS sounds fantastic, if a little bit intimidating for some. Just imagine giving it a beefed-up suspension plus a wider stance and you've got yourself an Everest Raptor, but that's just wishful thinking.