Yes, you read that right. About a year after it made its global debut, the Ford Everest is finally coming to the Philippines on August 9, 2019. Ford has begun sending invites and it’s only now through its second wave of invites that Ford has officially confirmed that it is indeed the refreshed Ford Everest. For 2019, the Everest receives a minor aesthetic upgrade and a major powertrain upgrade.
To recap, the brand’s popular 7-seater PPV has been mildly refreshed from the outside, featuring a revised grille, LED headlights replacing the HID headlights for the higher variants, as well as a new alloy wheel design for the Titanium variants. For its overseas markets, Ford has added features like passive entry with push-button start and a hands-free powered tailgate, which can be opened by waving your foot under the trunk as long as the key fob is with you.
The interior remains largely unchanged, though there have been minor improvements in material quality in certain areas, such as the piano black finishes surrounding the gear lever. Speaking of which, a gear lever mounted manual override function has been added as well as a Sport (S) mode.
It’s in the powertrain department where the Everest receives major changes. Expect the 2.2-liter inline-4 with a 6-speed automatic (or 6-speed manual with the Ambiente) to continue being offered for the Ambiente and Trend, in which it produces 160 hp @ 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque @ 1,600-2,500 rpm.
The all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engines, both in single and bi-turbo, will most likely power the Titanium variants. The single turbo version produces 180 hp and 420 Nm and will most likely power the Titanium 4×2 variants. The 213 hp and 500 Nm bi-turbo diesel engine from the Ranger Raptor will most likely be exclusive to the Titanium 4×4 variant. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic, with the bi-turbo powerplant exclusively having a 4WD system.
Safety has been paramount to the Ford Everest’s unique character, and it continues to lead with new features including automatic emergency braking. The previous system only warned the driver, but the new Everest will be able to apply the brakes if a crash is imminent. This comes on top of blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam control, driver attention warning, rollover mitigation, and active park assist.
Final specs and pricing have not yet been provided, so stay tuned to Go Flat Out to know more about Ford’s upcoming popular SUV.