Ford has started teasing its next-generation Everest SUV, which is based on the upcoming Ranger bakkie.
The SUV shares a similar front-end to the bakkie, and it will likely have the same interior, features, and engines, too.
As the next-gen Everest enters its final stage of testing, however, there are many details that are not yet clear.
What we know
Ford South Africa has confirmed via its website that the next-gen Everest will not have a hybrid engine option locally, despite the T6 platform it sits on being designed to support both hybrid and electric powertrains.
The manufacturer also said that, depending on your location, “the next-generation Everest will start to become available in the second half of 2022.”
In terms of specifications, there are no confirmed details yet, but we expect the Everest to be sold in XL and XLT grades – similar to the next-gen Ranger and current Everest – and to have both 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains on offer.
In addition, the SUV’s cabin is expected to mimic that of the Ranger, meaning it will likely sport a vertical central touch display running the SYNC4 operating system and a digital instrument cluster across the range. You can also anticipate seven seats, as with the outgoing model.
In the engine department, only a new 3.0-litre V6 has thus far been confirmed for the Ranger, and we will not be surprised to see it in the Everest.
We also expect a revised 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine to be available in both.
Spy shots, official teasers, and unofficial renders of the Everest have surfaced, and we looked toward these for more hints about the new Ford.
The official images released by Ford show the Everest clad in a reflective camouflage and only the silhouette and a few key design elements can be seen.
From these photos, it’s clear the front looks strikingly similar to that of the new Ranger, except for the SUV’s smaller, chrome-edged fog lights.
With a visible black sensor in the middle of the front lip – which is usually used for advanced driver assistance systems – along with cameras mounted under the wing mirrors, it is also safe to assume that the next-gen Everest will feature new-age assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and lane assist.
The rear of the Everest looks nothing like that of the bakkie, incorporating a horizontal design bar flowing into stylish, diagonal light clusters – presumably filled with LEDs.
There is no tow hook fitted to the prototype vehicle, but it would be highly unusual if one is not installed on the production models.
The SUV’s sides show wide side steps borrowed from the bakkie, as well as large wheels with a modern design – which we expect to see on the range-topping model.
Paired with the chrome window surrounds and integrated roof rails, the new Everest should be a decidedly more modern-looking SUV than before.
The Russian motoring website Kolesa has provided the most realistic unofficial renders we have thus far seen of the new Everest.
The site tweaked the camouflaged photos of the Ford and stitched on the front-end of the Ranger to show what the SUV may look like in a plain colour.
The unofficial renders can be viewed below.