Ford has finally unveiled the much-anticipated next-generation Everest. The 2023 Ford Everest has been comprehensively redesigned, though it carries over a number of familiar aspects.
Firstly, this next-generation Everest actually rides on the same T6 platform as the outgoing model, though this did not carry over to the new model without any significant re-engineering. Chief of which is the Everest’s revised dimensions. It now has a 50 mm wider track, which might sound like a small number, but this tiny figure is significant in car terms in improving the Everest’s ride and handling.
Exterior: Rugged and Angular
Three variants were shown in the presentation: Sport, Titanium+, and a new flagship grade called Platinum. Whatever variant you choose, the 2023 Ford Everest comes with C-shaped LED headlights, and this comes with adaptive bending matrix LED technology on Titanium+ and above. In addition, a horizontal bar bisects the grille, and this is where the Blue Oval logo is proudly placed. If it looks similar to the Ranger, then that isn’t surprising since the two vehicles are mechanically related after all.
That boxy and more angular theme continues on its side and rear profile. The window beltline is finished in chrome for the Titanium+ variant and above, and this highlights its more angular silhouette. A set of new alloy wheels designs are also being offered, and this ranges from 18 to 20 inches, depending on the variant. Its rear profile also sees significant changes, wherein there’s now a smoked trim piece that connects the new LED taillights.
Interior: Luxuriously-Trimmed and Technologically-Advanced
Ford is particularly proud to highlight that while the Everest looks rugged on the outside, the interior is more of a sanctuary. This is evident with the more generous use of soft-touch plastics and leatherette materials on the top of the dash and door panels. LED lighting is offered beginning on the Sport while splurging for the Platinum adds even more luxurious touches such as more stitching details. A panoramic sunroof is then offered beginning on the Titanium+ variant.
Refinement has already been a strength of the outgoing Everest, yet through customer feedback, Ford spent a lot of effort in reducing wind, road, and engine noise. There’s also an increased amount of storage in the interior, and one neat touch of the Everest’s trunk is the addition of what they call an “apple catcher”. It’s basically a slight lip on the trunk floor so that items won’t fall off the trunk when the Everest is parked on an incline.
Lastly, tech is another area where the 2023 Ford Everest continues to excel. Class-leading tech such as the standard 8-inch or 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on higher variants replaces the traditional analog clusters. This works in conjunction with the standard SYNC4 infotainment system, which is laid out in a portrait 10.1-inch screen or a larger 12-inch screen on higher variants. This, of course, comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also wireless charging, and to free up more space in the center console, there’s now an electronic parking brake and an electronic gear shifter.
Engines: The 3.0 V6 Diesel Is The Way To Go
Just like the Ford Ranger, the headline engine for this new model is a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel unit. Ford has still kept its lips tight on this engine, but it seems to be the same engine that’s being used in the much larger F-150 full-size pickup. The outgoing model’s 2.0-liter diesel engines, both in single- and twin-turbo versions, will also be carried over, though its power figures also haven’t been released as of the moment. For the first time ever, the brand’s tried-and-tested 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo gasoline engine will also be offered in the new Everest. Whatever the engine choice, it will all come as standard with an automatic with six or ten gears, depending on the variant.
Driver Assistance: Everest Continues To Lead The Pack
The 2023 Ford Everest continues its streak as the most technologically advanced in its segment when it comes to safety. Through Ford CoPilot360, this comes with the usual automatic emergency braking, adaptive radar cruise control with stop and go, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. For the new Everest, this adds rear automatic emergency braking, lane centering, evasive steering assist–which boosts the steering’s response to allow drivers to steer away from collisions–and an enhanced automatic emergency braking, which now detects oncoming vehicles in an intersection.
The all-new 2023 Ford Everest will be assembled in Thailand and it will go on sale later this year in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. That will definitely include the Philippines, as the Everest is one of Ford’s top-selling vehicles in the country.