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The 2015 Ford Everest has been spied by CarAdvice testing off-road in country Victoria ahead of its local launch during the third quarter of 2015.

The Ford Everest shares its basic body-on-frame construction with the popular Ranger ute, which also joined the convoy of Ford Everests we spotted during their drive.

With a large portion of Everest engineering performed in Australia, and some of the most demanding rough-/off-road markets in line for the big SUV, you can rest assured it is capable of tackling challenging terrain — if today’s display was anything to go by.

2105 Ford Everest Spied in Victoria

It is interesting to note that the two cars we spotted wore different front bumpers – one finished in black with a grey garnish, the other colour-coded with a silver garnish – and both had front sensors that may be part of an automated parking system. Rear sensors and a reverse-view camera were also fitted to the cars we spotted.

Inside the cabin, the Everest is a massive step up from the current Ranger and other vehicles in the segment — such as the Holden Colorado 7 and Mitsubishi Challenger. Faux-leather with coloured stitching adorns the dashboard, while Ford’s latest Sync 2 entertainment system is used for controlling communications, navigation and climate.

2015 Ford Everest spied in Victoria

The Everest retains the Ranger’s front suspension, but switches a leaf-spring rear-end for a solid rear axle with coil springs and a Watts linkage. The Everest also gets four-wheel disc brakes, instead of drum brakes at the rear.

As confirmed by Ford last year, Everest was benchmarked against other serious four-wheel drives such as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Pajero and Nissan Patrol.

2015 Ford Everest spied in Victoria

The Ford Everest goes on sale later this year and is expected to be priced from $45,000 – $50,000.

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