Last year we saw Ford Australia revealing the Everest concept and now the production version has been introduced ahead of next year’s commercial availability. As expected, the SUV is based on the Ford Ranger and offers seating for seven and up to 2,010 liters of cargo capacity once you fold down the second and third rows of seats. Moreover, it also benefits from more than 30 stowage spaces which provide an additional 48 liters of room to store your items. Inside the cabin there’s a SYNC2 infotainment system packing an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, 12-volt outlets in the front and second rows and in the trunk and a 240-volt socket in the second row.
As far as the exterior is concerned, it draws its styling cues from the Ranger but with a more upscale appearance and with a 225mm ground clearance. The Everest has a 3,000 kg towing capacity and also benefits from a more than generous 800mm water-wading clearance and provides a best-in-class 750 kg cargo payload, with up to 100 kg on the roof.
Ford says the 2015 Everest will be available with three engines: EcoBoost four-cylinder 2.0-liter, Duratorq TDCi 2.2-liter and a bigger five-cylinder Duratorq TDCi 3.2-liter. Commercial availability will begin in 2015 in ASEAN countries, South Africa, Australia, China, India and New Zealand.