2022 Ford Everest breaks cover: More tech, power, comfort and capability for Ford’s Ranger-based 4×4 SUV

Posted: 1 March 2022 7:10 pm
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The 2022 Ford Everest, like the Ranger ute it's based on, is set to boast 4-cylinder and V6 diesel options as well as a big uptick in technology.

Ford has lifted the covers on its next-generation 2022 Everest SUV, with the new model responding to customer feedback by offering more power, technology, capability and comfort than its predecessor.

Wearing the new global fascia design seen on the new Ranger ute that it's based on, the 2022 Everest features a much-upgraded design with a longer wheelbase and wider wheel track (both up 50mm) to improve vehicle dynamics and body control, while the new bodywork looks to be more rugged than the outgoing model.

The new Everest is set to come in 4 trim levels for Australia – Ambiente, Trend, Sport and the new Platinum range-topper – with 2 engines available. The current model's 2.0-litre 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine will be standard up to the Sport model, while the Everest adds a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel for the first time as an option on the Sport and standard for the Platinum range-topper.

2022 Ford Everest Trend

Both engines come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive (4x2) is available on Ambiente and Trend models, while full-time 4-wheel drive (4x4) with a dual-range transfer case is also available on all trims.

At the model's global reveal, chief platform engineer Ian Foston said of the addition of the V6 diesel to the range: "Really, it's the result of customer feedback. Our customers said they wanted more power for effortless performance, particularly when towing a full-size trailer."

Naturally, then, the Everest's towing capabilities have been improved with a 3,500kg braked towing capacity, trailer light check function and a new Tow/Haul drive mode as standard. The factory Tow Pack also now includes a trailer brake controller.

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Roof rack capacity is also upgraded for the 2022 Everest, with a 100kg dynamic load rating and 350kg static load rating. Two roof rail designs are also offered, with both flush and stand-off designs.

Technology upgrades also highlight the progression of the new Everest. A 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster comes standard on the flagship Platinum, while all other models offer an 8.0-inch unit. A 12.0-inch portrait-oriented infotainment touchscreen running the new SYNC 4A system is also offered on all models bar the Ambiente, which makes do with a 10.1-inch screen.

A 360-degree camera will be available on Trend 4x4, Sport and Platinum models. Wireless phone charging is also available. Using the FordPass app also unlocks other features including remote engine start, vehicle status check, remote locking and the Everest's new exterior zone lighting system designed for illuminating campsites.

2022 Ford Everest Platinum

To improve comfort, heated and ventilated front seats are standard on Sport and Platinum models. They are optional on the Trend. The Platinum also boasts 10-way electric adjustment for the driver, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

Ford has also packed plenty of new driver assistance tech into the 2022 Everest, including Active Park Assist 2.0, adaptive cruise control with lane centring, evasive steer assist, blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage and pre-collision assist with intersection functionality. A total of 9 airbags are offered as well, including a new centre airbag.

Pricing and an exact release date are yet to be confirmed for Australia, but it's likely to debut after the new Ranger arrives in showrooms. Expect sometime around Q3 this year.

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