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2023 Ford Everest Debuts As Truck-Based SUV With V6 Diesel Power

The go-anywhere SUV gets wider tracks and the SYNC 4 infotainment.

Ford has been releasing new vehicles at a rapid pace recently, and the third-generation Everest arrives at a time when ladder-frame SUVs are becoming increasingly popular. The adventurous three-row family hauler, based on the 2022 Ranger, benefits from the same novelties presented with the midsize truck. It has wider tracks (+50 mm / 1.97 inches) for enhanced on-road stability, as well as damper modifications for better off-road performance.

With a nearly identical front fascia as its Ranger relative, the style follows suit. The conversion from a pickup to an SUV has resulted in longer rear doors for easier access to the back seats. The taillights are far larger than those on the truck, and they flank a huge bar on the tailgate with “Everest” lettering.

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Inside the three-row “sanctuary,” as Ford calls it, massive improvements have taken place, including the addition of Ford’s SYNC 4 infotainment system. The portrait-oriented touchscreen on the lower trim levels measures 10.1 inches diagonally, while the more expensive models have a 12-inch diagonal. The digital instrument cluster follows the same pattern, with sizes ranging from 8 to 12.3 inches depending on the version.

There are the usual suspects in the powertrain range, with a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 at the top. The new Everest will be available with a smaller 2.0-liter diesel engine with one or two turbochargers, depending on the market. If oil-burners aren’t your thing, the body-on-frame SUV will also be available with the familiar 2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine starting in 2023. These come with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the engine.

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Ford touts water wading capabilities up to 800 mm (2.6 feet) while the roof can hold static loads of 350 kg (772 lbs) or dynamic loads as heavy as 100 kg (220 lbs). Interestingly, the engine bay has room for a second battery to juice up various aftermarket accessories to accentuate the Everest’s outdoorsy character.

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From a 360-degree camera and matrix LED headlights to adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, the 2023 Ford Everest is brimming with tech. The Blue Oval has also implemented an automatic evasive steer assist to avoid a collision in case braking alone isn’t enough. If an accident does occur, post-collision braking kicks in to avoid a secondary crash.

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Future buyers will be relieved to learn that the Everest can park itself, given it is a massive SUV (at least in comparison to European SUVs). Furthermore, the all-around cameras and parking sensors in the front and rear can be used to drive you out. Trailers up to 10 metres (32.8 feet) long and 2.4 metres (7.9 feet) wide can be parked in the blind spot.

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The RWD-based Ford Everest will be available in Sport, Titanium, and Platinum trim levels when it goes on sale later this year, with further versions planned depending on the market. In India, the previous generation was also known as the Endeavour. Fun fact – the French military uses a light-duty tactical vehicle as a personnel carrier based on the second-gen Everest known as the Arquus Trapper VT4.

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