Even weeks before its launch, the all-new Ford Ranger was spotted on car carriers and dealerships. However, the Everest was largely spared from all that, making our first look at it a bit more special.
Given how good the outgoing model was, expectations are high for the 2023 Everest. With extensive tweaks under the chassis and more tech, this might just be the most compelling midsize SUV in the market today. So, what are the facts and figures of the redesigned Everest? Let’s take a closer look here. Now, if it’s the all-new Ranger you want to learn more about, you can check out this other article instead.
Variants and prices
For the 2023 model year, the Ford Everest is available in five trim levels, along with two- and four-wheel drive. Four of these cariants are rear-wheel-drive, while four-wheel drive is reserved for the top model. The range kicks off with the Trend 4x2, followed by the Limited 4x2. Right in the middle of the lineup is the Sport 4x2 with the Titanium+ 4x2 just above it. Sitting at the top of the pile is the lone four-wheel drive variant, the Titanium+ BiTurbo 4x4.
Ford Everest 2023 prices
- Ford Everest 2.0L Turbo Trend 4x2 AT - P1,799,000
- Ford Everest 2.0L Turbo Limited 4x2 AT - P1,999,000
- Ford Everest 2.0L Turbo Sport 4x2 AT - P2,089,000
- Ford Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium+ 4x2 AT - P2,179,000
- Ford Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4 AT - P2,495,000
Much like the previous generation, the Everest shares most of its front end with its pickup counterpart, the Ranger. You’ll see the resemblance in the C-shaped headlights, the shape of the grille, hood, and windshield posts. But anything beyond those features, the Everest is its own entity. For instance, the bumper designs are different from the Ranger and also vary from one trim level to another.
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The side profile is still unmistakably Everest, except for a flatter nose and a beefier window line. As for the rear, it looks chunkier and upright compared to before, emphasizing the new SUV’s broader shoulders.
How’s the size, you ask? The 2023 Everest measures 4,904 mm long, 2,201 mm wide, and 1,884 mm tall, so it’s a good time to roll out the measuring tape to see if it fits your garage. Wheelbase is 2,900 mm long, while ground clearance is 223 mm. As for wading capacity, it’s still good for 800 mm, so you don’t have to worry too much about crossing floods.
For those coming from the previous Everest, it’ll be a mix of the familiar and all-new inside the 2023 edition. The dash layout shouldn’t be daunting to feel around if you’re coming from the older model. But as for design, the dash fascia is more angular to complement its boxier exterior. There’s more soft-touch materials in here too for a more upmarket feel.
But taking center stage is a massive touchscreen on the dash. Even on 4x2 models, that screen measures an impressive 10.1 inches, while the Titanium+ 4x4 comes standard with the 12.1-inch screen. The instrument cluster is also digital; no more analog dials in here. This being a midsize SUV, three-row seating is standard for all variants.
Engine and specs
Ford has retired the familiar 2.2-liter Puma TDCi engine for this generation of Everest. From now on, all two-wheel drive Everests use the 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbodiesel, while the 4x4 sticks to the twin-turbo version. Power for the single turbo version is 168hp and 405 Nm, while the bi-turbo packs 207hp and 500 Nm of torque. Only the 4x4 gets the 10-speed automatic as the 4x2 versions come with a six-speed automatic. The 80-liter fuel tank should help you skip a couple of gas stations on a long road trip.
Ford is quite proud of the tech it has added into the new Everest. Aside from the advanced infotainment system (With wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), all models come with cruise control and a speed limiter. But if you want to experience all the new tech, you’ll have to jump in the range-topping Titanium+ 4x4. Its laundry list of active safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking for front and rear, lane keep assist, evasive steer assist, and post-collision braking.
As for those who plan to hit the trails, the Everest uses a permanent four-wheel drive setup with an electronic rear-locking differential and a terrain management system.
With all that in mind, we reckon it’ll be a good match for our previous 4x4 SUV Big Test winner, the Isuzu Mu-X LS-E 4x4. We can’t wait to see how the Ford performs against the competition. Better yet, you can take it for a spin this weekend in Pasig City and see if you like it.