The Ford Everest SUV will be receiving similar updates to the Ranger and should be on its way to SA early next year. Here's what you need to know.
We previously reported on the facelifted Ford Ranger, which received a few updates in terms of powertrain, design and safety. Now, the seven-seat bakkie-based Everest is set to receive the same treatment. Officially called the Ford Endeavour in other markets, the Ford Everest now features some visual changes in the form of a tweaked front-end with small changes to the grille. The skidplate has been merged with the fog lamp housing, which has reshaped the lower air intake.
The new Ford Everest will ride on new-look 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheels. We're yet to see pictures of the new interior, but give it time. We expect some new colours, materials and revisions to the infotainment system. The real noteworthy changes lie under the bonnet. The Ford Ranger Raptor's 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel four-cylinder motor has been confirmed for Everest application. It produces 157 kW and 500 Nm, and it's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. There's also a new 2.0-litre TDCi motor joining the ranks. There are also changes to the suspension, which improve the handling and ride quality. Safety has improved too and it's good to see some degree of autonomy as Pre-Collision Assist is claimed to detect cars and pedestrians, and brake accordingly if the driver hasn't reacted in time.