Ford has launched the refreshed 2019 Everest at Thailand, gaining with it a few minor cosmetic changes, new convenience and safety features, but more impressively, the Ranger Raptor’s engine and transmission.
The new Everest features a revised front grille with three chrome bars, as well as new lower front bumper treatment. Newly-designed 20-inch alloy wheels provide a contemporary look, while the Trend variant retains the same alloy wheel designs.
The interior, meanwhile, remains almost unchanged, with only the addition of a keyless push button start being the noticeable addition. It’s no bad thing, as in our reviews, we pointed that the Everest is one of the nicest midsize SUVs to be in.
The most major changes, however, are in its engine and transmission choices. At least for Thailand, the all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engines replace both the 2.2-liter inline-4 and 3.2-liter inline-5 Duratorq diesel engines with a 6-speed automatic (or 6-speed manual with the Ambiente). The 2.0-liter EcoBlue is available in two states of tune, the 180 hp and 420 Nm single-turbo, and the 213 hp and 500 Nm twin-turbo. Yes, you heard that right. The same engine from the highly anticipated Ranger Raptor will be offered in the refreshed Everest. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic, with the twin-turbo powerplant exclusively having a 4WD system.
Ford has also added an enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking feature that detects both pedestrians and cars. This is in conjunction with the Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert that’s already featured in the current Everest.
Another new feature is the new hands-free powered tailgate that debuted first in the Escape and Explorer. This makes loading items into the trunk even easier as the trunk can open with the simple wave of a foot, as long as the smart key is within possession.
Being one of Ford Philippines’ best selling vehicles, the Everest will surely arrive in Philippines shores. It’s only a matter of a few months just before this new model arrives.