Biggest news is the introduction of a high-tech 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine which is optional on Everest Trend, and standard on the Titanium. This BiTurbo unit produces bulk grunt at 500Nm from 1750rpm. It has a fixed-geometry turbocharger for fast throttle response and minimum lag. Then a secondary turbocharger features variable geometry for performance gains at higher engine speeds, taking over from the primary turbo.
This high-tech diesel sits in front of a 10-speed torque-convertor automatic.
The rest of the Ford Everest range uses the existing 3.2-litre turbo-diesel (147kW / 470Nm) and a six-speed torque converter automatic.
SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is now standard across the Everest range. Features include Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen. It enables the use of Google Maps and Apple Maps. There is standard in-built sat-nav for use when the Everest is beyond mobile coverage areas.
The MY19 Everest may receive complimentary map updates for up to seven years when a scheduled service is completed at a participating dealer.
Keyless entry and push-button start comes standard across the MY19 Everest range. Trend and Titanium now have a hands-free power tailgate
Safety is a major feature with Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist now having Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection. It will bring the Everest to a complete stop, to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians.
The system, which functions at speeds above 3.6 km/h, is new to Everest and standard on Trend and Titanium models.
The Everest has a facelift with a new grille treatment incorporating a secondary grille texture against Everest’s chrome brightwork. Everest Titanium features a new 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheel design, while darker wheel accents.
All Everests now have revised suspension geometry, to improve ride and handling. We will sample an Everest or two soon and get back to you with reports on this, and even more importantly on the performance from the new high-tech engine.
Graeme Whickman, the president and CEO of Ford Australia proudly tells us, “The MY19 Everest model builds on the success of the Everest line, which has won Drive’s Best 4×4 award for 2015, 2016 and 2017, Drive ‘Car of the Year’ award for 2015 and 4×4 Australia’s 4×4 of the Year 2016.”