Ford has unveiled the 2019 Ford Everest, with news that the Ranger Raptor engine will power the seven-seat large SUV.
The twin-turbo 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel produces 157kW (210 bhp) and 500Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque.
That’s matched to a ten-speed auto, which then runs to a transfer case which runs in rear wheel drive, or high and low range all wheel drive.
While the Raptor engine is the headline, the standard fit 3.2-litre turbodiesel five-cylinder motor is still soldering on, with no changes to power – the five-cylinder makes 143kW (191hp) and 470Nm (346 lb-ft).
The only change for the five-cylinder is a slight increase in towing capacity – up to 3100kg.
But comparing the fuel consumption of both models, and you’ll wonder why you’d opt for the 3.2-litre motor, when it’s using 8.5L/100km combined, versus the 2.0-litre’s 6.9L/100km combined.
And yes, you did read correctly earlier, the 2.0-litre makes more power and torque. And that, folks, is where the four extra ratios come into their own.
“Everest fitted with the new Bi-Turbo and 10-speed automatic raises the bar when it comes to vehicle refinement and outright capability both on and off road,” said John Willems, chief engineer on the Everest. “Increased power and torque means we have more potential but it’s the mating of the bi-turbo to our new 10-speed automatic that really provides access to, and the greatest use of, the Bi-Turbo’s impressive output.”
Inside, the loading space is still the same with 450 litres to the roof with all seven seats in place, 1050 litres in five seat mode (to the roof) and with the second rows dropped, there’s 2010 litres available.
There’s keyless entry and start across the range, and higher grades get powered tailgate.
Safety’s taken care of with autonomous braking (AEB) including pedestrian detection, and the system works above 4kmh, however it’s only offered on the top two grades.
A reversing camera (with guides) and rear parking sensors are standard across the range, while auto parking is an option.
Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment is included (which also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and uses an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen.
Google Maps and Apple Maps can be integrated with the SYNC 3 system via the smartphone, however there is an onboard sat-nav feature which uses virtual breadcrumbs to be able to find your way back after off-roading.
Ford says that map updates are free for seven years, but only when a scheduled service is done at a Ford dealership.