Armed with a torque-heavy V6 diesel the Everest has stepped up a gear and could worry some far more expensive rivals
The 2023 Ford Everest will be released in Australia in the second half of 2022 packing a powerful 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 engine that will outpunch every key rival – including the more expensive Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
The six-cylinder setup will be offered as the flagship engine choice of the range, with the familiar 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel four-cylinder fitted to the outgoing Everest set to be offered as the entry-level option.
While official outputs have not been released, the V6 is widely expected to produce 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
The figures will offer a considerable increase over the 157kW/500Nm offered by the 2.0-litre engine, which has also been updated for the third-generation Everest with increased durability.
Ford has equipped both engine options with a retuned 10-speed automatic and a more advanced full-time four-wheel-drive system to replace the outgoing part-time 4WD system.
With a beefier engine at its disposal, the Everest will become more comparable with more premium six-cylinder powered rivals like Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover Defender and the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series.
The increase in grunt has also allowed the Everest’s towing capacity to be increased to 3500kg when equipped with the accessory tow pack, which you can read more about in our separate Everest towing article.
It remains to be seen if Ford opts for a Raptor version of the Everest in future that could see the 4WD wagon adopt the Ranger Raptor’s new 292kW petrol engine.
The Ranger Raptor features a 3.0-litre twin-turbo-petrol V6, with even stronger outputs of 292kW and 583Nm, that could potentially find its way into the third-generation Everest if Ford decides its 4WD wagon needs a more rough-road version.
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