FORD Australia has announced pricing of its all-new Everest. The third generation of the Blue Oval’s large SUV, which is based on the new Ranger ute, will retail from $52,990 (plus on-road costs) – an increase of $2900 over the outgoing model.
Available in five- and seven-seat configurations and in four trim grades, the Everest offers a range of options and accessories to reflect the vehicle’s cross-purpose utility. A 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel motor is offered in conjunction with two- and four-wheel drive, while the range-topping 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel is 4×4 only.
Factory-fit options include 18-inch alloy wheels for the entry-grade Ambiente 4×4 ($1100), all-terrain tyres for Trend 4×4 ($500), 18-inch black-painted alloys shod with all-terrain tyres in lieu of 20-inch wheels and road tyres on Sport 4×4 variants (no-cost option). The same package (with additional steel underbody protection) can substitute 21-inch wheels and road tyres on Platinum variants (also at no cost).
Everest Trend 4×4 and Sport 4×4 variants are further available with Ford’s Touring Pack comprising a 360-degree camera, zone lighting and tow bar with integrated electric brake controller ($1950). Alternatively, all variants can be specified with a tow hitch and integrated electric brake controller (without the camera and lighting system) for $1700.
Ambiente 4×2 and 4×4 variants may be fitted with a folding third-row seat – which bumps up seating capacity from five to seven – for $950, while Trend 4×2 and 4×4 variants may be optioned with Ford’s Premium Seat Pack, comprising heated and ventilated front seats with 10-way power adjustment for the driver, driver’s seat memory and eight-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat for $900.
Prestige paint, which applies to all colours except Arctic White, costs $675 extra.
As GoAuto previously reported, the Everest is offered in Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Platinum trim, all of which is available in 4×4 guise. Ambiente and Trend variants are also offered in 4×2 guise in conjunction with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-pot, while the 3.0-litre V6 and 4×4 combination is reserved for the higher grade Sport and Platinum.
Everest uses the same e-Shifter transmission selector found in high-grade Rangers and, depending on variant, will be offered with up to six selectable drive modes. On-road, these include Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul and Slippery, with additional Sand and Mud/Ruts modes on 4×4 versions, all of which feature a rear differential lock.
Braked towing capacity of 3500kg is standard across the Everest line-up, while payload capacity ranges from 654kg through to 741kg, depending on variant (see table below for more information, including GCM and GVM details).
Ambiente variants come with 17-inch alloys (with a steel spare), LED headlights and DRLs, front fog lights and taillights, black side steps, auto-folding mirrors, interior volumetric alarm and rain-sensing wipers. The four-wheel drive version ($57,990, plus on-road costs) further feature front tow hooks and steel bash plates.
Inside, the Ambiente is offered with the choice of five- or seven seats, manual front seat adjustment, fabric upholstery, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, pull-out cup holders, tilt and reach steering-column adjustment, an open-style storage shelf, keyless entry and push-button ignition, as well as dual-zone climate control.
Standard onboard technology items include an 8.0-inch digital instrument panel, 10.1-inch infotainment array, an embedded modem, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker audio system, sat-nav, digital radio reception, voice control and remote start via FordPass.
Nine airbags, collision mitigation, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot and cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera and auto high beam are among the driver assistance- and safety features fitted on the entry trim grade.
Stepping up to the second-tier Trend we find 18-inch alloys with a matching spare, privacy glass on the rear windows, a powered tailgate, mirror heaters and puddle lamps, leather-accented upholstery, an eight-way powered driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver and passenger floor mats and a second glovebox in lieu of the open shelf. The Trend also scores a larger (12.0-inch) infotainment screen.
Third-tier Sport variants gain 20-inch black alloy wheels (and a matching spare) with matching exterior accents, a handsfree tailgate, three-dimensional bonnet lettering, leather-accented upholstery with SPORT embossing, heated and ventilated front seats (10-way electrically adjustable for the driver, 8-way for the front passenger), as well as a 10-speaker audio system.
Finally, the flagship Everest Platinum has 21-inch alloy wheels and matching spare with all-season tyres, plastic underbody protection (steel protection a no-cost option in conjunction with optional 18-inch alloy wheels and all-terrain tyres), satin chrome exterior accents, matrix LED headlights with auto-levelling, a dual-pane power panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails, tyre-pressure monitoring and zone lighting.
The Platinum variant further receives satin-chrome interior accents, quilted leather upholstery, heated second row seating, powered third-row seat folding, a heated steering wheel, a larger (12.4-inch) digital instrument panel, 360-degree camera and active park assist, premium B&O 12-speaker audio system and LED ambient lighting.
The 2022 Ford Everest range will go on sale from midyear.
2022 Ford Everest pricing*:
Ambiente 4×2 2.0TTD (a) $52,990 (+$2900)
Ambiente 4×4 2.0TTD (a) $57,990 (+$2900)
Trend 4×2 2.0TTD (a) $60,290 (+$3200)
Trend 4×4 2.0TTD (a) $65,290 (+$2900)
Sport 4×4 3.0TD (a) $69,090 (new variant)
Platinum 4×4 3.0TD (a) $77,690 (new variant)
*Pricing excludes on-road costs.