It’s 2022 and the idea of purchasing a vehicle that doesn’t bring everything to the table is the recipe for a sales disaster. So what did Ford Australia drum up with the new Ford Everest? Piggybacking off the highly anticipated release of the new Ford Ranger, the spec sheet and features list once again reads like one of the most rounded vehicles money can buy. It’s packed with technology, offers plenty of grunt, and has the creature comforts that make road trips fly by in a breeze. Is this the sub-$100K family road trip machine that we’ve been looking for? Let’s find out.
Update 12/05/2022: Ford Australia has revealed the pricing for the new Ford Everest, details are below.
The New Ford Everest Lineup
|2023 Ford Everest Lineup|
|Ambiente||2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel, 4×2 RWD Only, 10.1-inch touchscreen|
|Trend||2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel, 4×2 RWD or 4×4, 10.1-inch touchscreen or 12-inch touchscreen|
|Sport||2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel or 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel, 4×4, 10.1-inch touchscreen or 12-inch touchscreen|
|Platinum||3.0L V6 turbo-diesel, 4×4, 12-inch touchscreen|
What Engine Does the New Ford Everest Have?
The new Ford Everest receives the turbo-diesel V6 just like the Ranger, and while a ‘Raptor’ variant (400HP Petrol-V6) isn’t on the cards just yet, the turbo-diesel is looking stout with [email protected] and [email protected] in its overseas application. Lower ends of the range receive the reliable and proven 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine found in the current model. Both engines are backed by our favourite 10-speed automatic transmission, we loved it in our time with the Ranger Raptor and it’s found in many competitors’ vehicles for good reason.
“The 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel really delivers that big-engine torque and power customers want. It feels really tough in the sense that it’s got endless power and torque, but it is also refined and quiet on the road… customers can be confident that they have the power and torque they need whether they’re towing, going off-road, or just heading out on a family adventure,” said Pritika Maharaj, Everest Program Manager.
A bigger engine results in a higher braked towing capacity, which in the case of the new Ford Everest now weighs in at 3500kg when fitted with the optional factory Tow Pack. To match with this new figure are a host of towing features, including trailer brake controller, light check function and trailer connection checklist (remote, via FordPass app), as well as a new Tow/Haul drive mode to improve gearshift response. A new rear camera system will help line the trailer up, and we expect to see plenty of these at the Nepean boat ramp loading jetskis.
Physical Changes Make For a Touring Favourite
While the outgoing Everest felt large enough to haul around your family on the weekend, the new model upgrades that experience with a lengthened wheelbase (+50mm) for a more controlled and comfortable experience for occupants.
“Everest was always well regarded for its plush ride on- and off-road, but the track increase allowed our dynamics team to create a greater connection between vehicle and driver, with a more controlled ‘fun to drive’ ride around town and on the highway,” said Foston.
Ready for all terrains, a permanent 4×4 system is available from the trend line upwards with an electronically controlled on-demand two-speed electromechanical transfer case (EMTC) featuring selectable drive mode. Owners can take control off the road with a 360-degree camera (optional on Trend model and up, standard on Platinum), a front camera with predictive overlay guidelines designed to help the driver negotiate obstacles, and diff lock indicators.
Creature Comforts Perfect for Touring and Travelling
Australia is a bloody big country and we love nothing more than lapping up the kilometres with the family. Comfort is key in this area and driver fatigue is best combatted with a comfortable and capable interior combined with all the latest safety technologies. You’ll likely recognise this interior of the Everest from the previews of the new Ford Ranger and if you’re looking for a comprehensive insight into the technology and features check out our article here. In short, consumers have the choice between a state-of-the-art Sync 4A infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, broadcast on a 12-inch centre touchscreen on Trend models and up, with the Platinum model benefitting from a 12.4-inch driver’s display. Most importantly physical buttons remain for climate control.
The interior technology is awesome, but Aussies want to travel long distances, and it’s the new and enhanced driver-assist and safety features available in the Next-Gen Everest that takes touring to the next level, these include:
- Lane keep assist: road-edge detection helps with drifting off the lane or road surface on rural roads.
- Evasive steer assist: designed to operate at city and highway speeds, evasive steer assist uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle when the vehicle senses a collision is imminent.
- Reverse brake assist: helps drivers to reverse into parking spots and other tight spaces by providing audible and visual warnings. It can detect vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians crossing behind the vehicle. The system can even brings Everest to a complete stop if the driver doesn’t react in time.
- Blindspot information: is a system with trailer coverage that monitors blind spots around the vehicle, and when fitted with an optional factory Tow Pack, monitors blind spots around the trailer, alerting the driver of any perceived hazards. The system supports trailers up to 2.4 metres wide and 10 metres long.
- Enhanced pre-collision assist: comes with intersection functionality can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of an accident where the driver is turning across the path of oncoming traffic, and the system detects an imminent collision.
- Adaptive cruise control: features lane centring which helps you maintain the correct speed and with Stop & Go14, can slow down your Everest if traffic ahead has stopped or slowed.
- Active Park Assist 2.0: The system takes care of the steering, shifting, acceleration and braking to navigate into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. It will also drive itself out of a parallel parking spot when prompted.
Price and Availability
We expect the latest Ford Everest to arrive in late 2022, or early 2023.
Pricing for the 2022 Ford Everest has been unveiled by Ford Australia as follows (before on road costs).
|Ford Everest Price Guide||Prior Model||New Model||Change|
|Ambiente 4×2 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel 10AT
|Ambiente 4×4 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel 10AT||$55,090||$57,990||$2900|
|Trend 4×2 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel 10AT||$57,090||$60,290||$3200|
|Trend 4×4 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel 10AT||$62,390||$65,290||$2900|
|Sport 4×4 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel 10AT||N/A||$69,090||N/A|
|Platinum 4×4 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel 10AT||N/A||$77,690 (inclusive of luxury car tax)||N/A|
As you can see from the table above, pricing starts from $52,990 AUD for the entry-level 4×2 model all the way up to $77,690 AUD for the top of the range Platinum. Prices for the V6 turbo-diesel engines start from $69,090 for the Sport 4×4 and that would be our pick of the bunch for off-road enthusiasts. A number of factory options have also been announced for the new Ford Everest, with pricing as follows.
|Wheels and Tires||Available on||MLP (Including GST)|
|18-inch Alloys with All-Terrain Tyres, Alloy Spare||Ambiente 4×4||$1100|
|18-inch All-Terrain Tyres (C/Over Alloy, Tyre Change Only)||Trend 4×4||$500|
|18-inch Alloys (Black) with All-Terrain Tyres (in lieu of 20-inch)||Sport 4×4||No-cost option|
|18-inch Alloys with All-Terrain Tyres (in lieu of 21-inch) and
steel underbody protection (in lieu of plastic)
Black wheels with All-Terrain tyres are a no brainer in our eyes.
|Touring and Tow Packs||Available on||MLP (Including GST)|
|Touring Pack with 360-degree camera, Zone Lighting, and Tow Bar with Integrated Brake Controller.||Trend 4×4
|Tow Pack with Tow Bar and Integrated Brake Controller||All models||$1700|
Towing options seem fairly reasonable for the technology you’re getting. Things like the 360-degree camera would make parking a boat on the boat ramp an absolute breeze.
|Seat Packs||Available on||MLP (Including GST)|
|3rd Row Seat Pack (i.e. 7-seats)||Ambiente 4×2, 4×4||$950|
|Premium Seat Pack: Heated & Cooled Front Seats, 10-Way
Power Driver with Memory, 8-Way front Power Passenger Seat
|Trend 4×2, 4×4||$900|
Premium seats seem like a no-brainer for the Trend lineup.
|Prestige Paint||Available on||MLP (Including GST)|
|All Colours Except for Arctic White||All models||$675|
For more pricing information and to spec a 2022 Ford Everest of your own, check out the link below.