Ford is expected to answer the call for more power in the booming four-wheel-drive wagon segment, with a V6 turbo diesel that previously powered the Ford F-Series pick-up likely to be available as an option on the new generation Ford Everest from next year.
It has been well documented Ford is planning to offer V6 turbo diesel power with the new generation Ranger ute due early next year – likely in XLT, WildTrak and Raptor guises – but CarAdvice understands the Everest will also get the option of the same power boost.
The Ford Everest will likely come standard with the twin turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that is currently a premium option, while the ageing 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel will be dropped.
This is expected to make way for a 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 paired to a 10-speed automatic, which would likely become the most powerful vehicle among its ute-derived seven-seat four-wheel-drive rivals.
Power and torque are yet to be announced but there is unsubstantiated speculation the outputs will be close to 190kW and 600Nm.
The current Ford Ranger ute and Ford Everest four-wheel-drive sold in Australia are made on the same production line in Thailand and are largely twins under the skin, with exception of the rear subframe and rear suspension layouts.
While the original Ford Everest followed the Ford Ranger by four years (the Ford Everest was introduced in 2015, after this generation Ford Ranger was introduced in 2011), the updated model is expected to arrive close behind or even alongside the ute.
Development of the 2022 Ford Ranger is expected to have experienced some delays due to the knock-on effects of the coronavirus crisis, and may not arrive in showrooms until early next year rather than late this year.
CarAdvice understands the new Ford Everest will adopt a similar front end appearance to the Ford Ranger, itself believed to mirror the design theme from the latest Ford F Series pick-up sold in the US.
The image at the top of this story is an artist impression of what the new Ford Everest might look like.
Photos of camouflaged Ford Everest test vehicles are shown above and below, and tend to indicate it will borrow some of the new Ranger's design themes.
Ford is yet to confirm arrival timing, pricing, and features of either the Everest or Ranger, and new generation versions of both vehicles are yet to be unveiled.
CarAdvice believes Ford will release photos and key details of the new Ranger and Everest this year before they go on sale in 2022.
As with the 2022 Ford Ranger, the 2022 Ford Everest will likely come standard with a full suite of safety tech.
In addition to radar cruise control and speed sign recognition that’s standard on today’s Ford Everest, the next model will also benefit from blind zone warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and a more advanced autonomous emergency braking system.
As with the new Ranger, high grade versions of the new Everest will likely gain the option of large digital screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment displays, and the option of over-the-air connectivity.
Earlier media reports have suggested there could be a hybrid option available in the new Ford Everest range, however that variant – developed for international markets – may follow at a later date following the initial launch.
In the meantime, here is our latest coverage on the 2022 Ford Ranger – and everything we know so far on the successor to one of Australia’s top-selling utes.
If it’s available on the new Ranger, it’s a chance for the next Everest.