Exploring the Rugged Terrain: A Guide to the Ford Everest SUV

While you won’t find it at your local Ford dealer anytime soon, the Ford Everest is a midsize SUV based on the Ford Ranger. It’s not available in America, but many prospective buyers eye it jealously from across the pond. It’s smaller than the Ford Explorer but is around the same size as the four-door Bronco, which makes it difficult for Ford to slot it in the current lineup.

Ford Everest Quick Facts

The Ford Everest is a traditional SUV with body-on-frame construction. It uses mainly turbo-diesel engines, which are the same as the ones offered in the global Ranger. It can also be equipped with the 2.3-liter Ecoboost gas engine, which is what’s offered in the US-market Ranger. The interior is very similar to the Ranger with a large vertical touchscreen in the center console and a digital gauge cluster behind the wheel.

The newest Ranger has already arrived and offers a high-performance Raptor model that makes nearly 400 horsepower and sits on 33-inch all-terrain tires. The new Ranger was revealed for global markets first, but the US market won’t get a chance at the Ranger’s handsome SUV sibling as far as we know.

Ford Everest Appearance and Design

The Ford Everest has a rugged, blocky appearance with a truck-like grille and somewhat squarish rear end. The C-shaped headlights and grille are much the same as the Ranger. However, instead of the Ranger’s chunky front bumper, the Everest has a more subtle front end. The rear doors are longer than the Ranger to make it easier to access the rear seats.

The horizontal tail lights are connected with trim featuring the Everest emblem. The interior is much the same as the Ranger with a large center touchscreen and a digital instrument panel. Depending on the trim, these two items come in different sizes. A surround-view camera is linked to the screen to help with parking and traveling over rough terrain.

Ford Everest Power and Performance

While the Ford Everest won’t be at your Ford dealer for the foreseeable future, a look around Ford forums shows that there’s plenty of interest in it from American buyers who want something smaller than the Ford Explorer that isn’t the Ford Bronco. On most Everest models, two 4WD systems are offered, but some markets also have the option of a RWD Everest.

The Everest is primarily powered by a choice of turbo-diesel engines that are unlikely to be offered on the Ranger. One of those choices is a 3.0-liter V6. Depending on the trim and engine, a six-speed automatic or 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels.

The main issue with adding the Ford Everest to the US market seems to be its size. But prospective buyers like its subtle look that is reminiscent of older models of the Ford Explorer. It doesn’t quite stand out like the Ford Bronco, which some buyers find to have a polarizing appearance. Currently, it doesn’t look like Ford has any plans to bring the Everest stateside.

 

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