New engine, new technology and new prices for the 4X4 wagon.
Since landing in 2015, Ford has managed to build slow and steady progress of Everest sales. Although Toyota manage to shift an ungodly amount of Prado 4X4s each month, the Everest has been competing strongly with lower-priced competitors.
The market will quickly fly past anyone who dares stand still, so Ford are already doing a pretty big facelift to their only 4X4 wagon available. It’s coming in line with an updated Ranger, which will also land early 2019.
Ford will run it’s new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, along with a SYNC 3 infotainment unit as standard across the range. The list of safety inclusions increases as you go up the ranks, finishing with autonomous braking, cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition and vehicle/pedestrian detection.
There are the same three spec levels to choose from: Ambiente, Trend and Titanium. And they’re all going to be similar jumps up the ranks each time. The big news is no doubt the engine options – along with the same 143kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-banger the previous Everest had, you’ll also be able to opt for the new 2.0-litre twin-charged four-cylinder, which makes 157kW@3750rpm and 500Nm@1750-2500rpm.
Where the 3.2-litre setup is listed at 8.5 litres per hundred kilometres, the 2.0-litre motor makes big efficiency gains, with a listed combined economy of 7.1 litres per hundred kilometres.
The new engine, same as the soon-coming Ranger (and Raptor), isn’t available on bottom-spec Ambiente, is a $1200 option on the mid-spec Trend, and is your only choice on the $73,990 Titanium. There’s also the choice of five or seven seat capacity, as well as RWD only. Because, you know, everyone loves a big, pointless wagon, right? The no-cost 18-inch wheel option is being carried over as well, instead of the 20-inch wheels on Titanium models.
The cheapest 4WD Everest you’ll get yourself into is $54,190, getting you a 3.2-litre Ambiente with five seats. The Trend starts at $59,990 with seven seats, or $61,190 with the new 2.0-litre drivetrain. Go up to the Titianium, and you’ll be parting with $73,990 (including luxury car tax).