Having leaked online earlier this week wearing very little disguise, Ford has now officially teased the all-new Everest for the first time.
Wrapped in the same rectangular shaped pattern white, black and grey camouflage as the new Ranger on which it will be based, the Everest, which the Blue Oval states is undergoing final development, will make its world debut in the first quarter of next year as the second model to ride on the T6.2 platform, the third being the all-new Volkswagen Amarok.
Already seen from the front where it sports the same Maverick inspired facia as the Ranger, the provided images also reveal the side profile and the rear, the latter seeing it with Jeep inspired hook-like LED taillights cutting into the rear wings.
Less rounded than the current Everest, the rear also sports a flatter bootlid, a shorter spoiler above the wraparound rear window and chunkier roof rails.
Though the Blue Oval declined to provide any images of the interior, it is expected to be similar to that of the Ranger, albeit with slightly upgraded materials in order to be more premium and better representative of an SUV rather than a bakkie.
Aside from the Maverick and Explorer styling, the Everest, which is developed in Australia alongside the Ranger, will once again be made in South Africa at Ford’s Silverton Plant outside Pretoria following the Blue Oval’s record R15.8-billion investment back in February.
Up front, the current 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre five-cylinder Puma turbodiesel engines will depart in favour of the upgraded single-and-bi-turbo 2.0-litre Panther units, with the flagship being the new 3.0-litre V6 oil-burner offered until July under the Powerstroke moniker in the F-150.
While still to be confirmed, the bent-six is expected to produce the same 186kW/597Nm as in the F-150, with the outputs of the Panther units still to be announced.
All three will be built at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth following Dearborn’s R600-million investment announcement earlier this month.
Transmissions are set to consist of a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and the revised General Motors co-developed ten-speed automatic, but while the Ranger will once again spawn a Raptor derivative and the Amarok potentially a hardocore R version, no plans are afloat for the Everest to head the same route.
It time of unveiling now confirmed, expect more images, details and more than likely the official launch date to be confirmed next year.