Sure we have the Ford Bronco, but would you prefer the Everest instead?
Today’s Ford news can cut in one of two directions, depending on how happy you are with the Blue Oval’s American lineup. We’re getting the next-generation Ranger pickup, and (huzzah!) we’re even getting the hardcore Raptor variant. We have the Bronco, and while it’s still tough to get at the moment, it is explosively popular. What we won’t get, however, is this — the 2023 Ford Everest. It’s the latest version of the Ranger-based body-on-frame SUV, set to go on sale in global markets excluding the U.S.
At its core, the Ford Everest embodies the same ethos as prior models, i.e. being more or less a Ranger with an SUV body. It uses the same front end design and C-shaped headlights as its pickup sibling, though you do get longer rear doors with the SUV. Around the back, the new Ford Everest takes on the fashionable trend of largely horizontal taillights connected by trim and “EVEREST” lettering across the tailgate.
Would this fit in the American market?
Compared to the likes of the current-generation Explorer, the 2023 Ford Everest may have an off-road edge thanks to its body-on-frame construction. Unlike any of Ford’s present American SUV offerings, this will get a fairly robust spread of 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engines, as well as the gas-burning 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Ranger next year. Depending on which engine you’re looking at, you can even potentially get an Everest with a 6-speed manual transmission (as well as the usual 10-speed automatic).
Beyond the engines, Ford gave the new Everest SUV a 2-inch wider track than the old model. That makes it more stable on the road, while suspension tweaks should make it more capable off-road. While the automaker will sell it in some markets with rear-wheel-drive, two four-wheel-drive systems may well prove more popular in Australia, where the Everest made its debut. The version shown above is ostensibly the off-road-focused trim, called the “Trend”. Other models include the Ambiente, Sport, Titanium and the Platinum as the top of the range.
The new Ford Everest will go on sale in several global markets later this year. Similar to what we get in the Explorer, this SUV packs a vertical 10.1- or 12.0-inch touchscreen, depending on the model. You also get up to a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster.
While we’re a bit disappointed it’s not coming here, other regions will be able to get the new Everest later this year. So, would you take something like this as your off-road SUV instead of the Bronco? Let us know what you think.