The first-ever Ford Everest made its debut in 2003. It was a straightforward rugged Ranger-based SUV and it also looked the part. While the Everest shared its front half with the Ranger, its rear was completely unique; it had a boxy wagon-style body that had swing-gate rear door with an external spare tire. It retained the pickup-style rear leaf spring suspension. The second gen Everest improved upon the earlier models but pretty much stuck with the same formula. In 2014 the current third gen Everest was unveiled for the 2015 model year; it was a giant leap ahead of its predecessors.
Like the current T6 Ranger it’s based on, the third gen Everest was developed by Ford Australia. The blue oval’s engineers benchmarked the third generation Everest against the more upmarket Land Cruiser Prado, the carmaker’s objective was to build an SUV that’s class-leading. The third generation Ford Everest sports a sleeker more rounded profile. While its front is Ranger-based, it gets a unique hexagonal grille with three holes and a reshaped bumper fascia to give it a more premium appearance. Aside from the prominent muscular wheel arches, Ford kept the sides fairly clean. At the back it gets a stylish curvy rear end with wrap around horizontal taillights and a wide hatch with an integrated spoiler. It shares the same nicely laid out dashboard as the Ranger, mid and high-end variants get the latest SYNC 3 system with an eight-inch touch screen. As expected from this segment, it has seating for seven passengers. The Everest has thirty storage spaces and a cargo area which can be expanded by folding the rear seats. The Titanium Premium variants also get some extras like a panoramic dual panel moonroof and a 230 volt inverter. The range-topping trim also gets the added convenience of power folding third row seats and a power liftgate. The Ford Everest is available with two Duratorq TDCi oil-burners, a 2.2-liter inline-4 mill which produces 158 hp and 385 Nm of torque and a 3.2-liter inline-5 unit which pumps out 197 hp and 470 Nm of torque. The smaller motor can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic tranny, while the 5-cylinder engine only comes with the auto gearbox. The 3.2 variant comes standard with Ford’s intelligent four-wheel drive system and Terrain Management System allows the driver to switch to four different modes to match the terrain. It features an independent double wishbone coil spring front suspension just like the Ranger, while at the back it gets a more sophisticated set up. While it still retains the live axle, it ditches the pickup’s leaf springs; in its place are coil springs, trailing links and a Watt’s Linkage which improves ride and handling. All variants of the Everest get four-wheel disc brakes. Here are some of the Ford Everest’s off-roading figures, an 800 mm water wading depth, a 225 mm ground clearance, a 30 degree approach angle, a 25 degree departure angle, and a 21 degree ramp break-over angle.