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Next-Generation Ford Everest Is Bold Outside, A Sanctuary On The Inside and Engineered For Adventure

  • Built tough and capable on the outside, Next-Gen Everest’s sanctuary-like interior provides occupants with a comfortable, safe, high-tech and inviting cabin designed for daily duties and long road-trips
  • Next-Gen Everest offers a choice of two durable powertrains: the new 3.0-Litre V6 turbo-diesel and its proven 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine
  • Ford outlines its “always-on” commitment to customers, with a host of services centred around convenience on their terms which deliver an ownership experience that is designed to make their lives easier
  • New top-spec Platinum variant offers the ultimate in power, comfort, luxury and technology

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, March 1, 2022 – The Next-Generation Ford Everest makes its global debut today, blending adventure-ready capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged, refined and fun to drive SUV.

Engineered to excite, the Next-Gen Everest has been built for the adventurous – with capability at its core. Inside, premium levels of craftsmanship have created a quiet and refined sanctuary for up to seven, while new technology and safety features make every journey more memorable.

“When we started imagining the Next-Gen Everest, we started not at the beginning but at the end: With our customers,” said Ian Foston, chief platform engineer for Everest. “They’re people who like adventure, recreation and being able to go out with family and friends. Whether they’re conquering sand, rocks or city life, these customers appreciate the utility, capability and spaciousness of an SUV.”

Armed with more customer input than ever before, Foston said the objective for the Next-Gen Everest was clear: Tough on the outside, a sanctuary on the inside, amazing capability underneath.

Giving customers the opportunity to choose their perfect vehicle, Ford Australia will offer four variants of the Next-Gen Everest. The Australian range will start with Ambiente, followed by Trend. Sport joins the range as a full-time model, while the new flagship variant Platinum will offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

New to the top of the Australian range, Platinum features a premium flagship interior, and new for Everest are 21-inch wheels finished in a special tri-coat paint with machined accents. Platinum is exclusively powered by the new 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel, backed with a 10-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive. The 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel will also be available on Sport.

Platinum’s unique grille design with hot foil accented mesh and silk chrome accents creates a sophisticated look and premium feel. The luxury interior features heated and ventilated premium leather accented front seats, with 10-way power adjustment and memory function for the driver. The front seats are finished with quilted inserts and signature Platinum badging. In Platinum, second-row seat occupants can also enjoy heated seats. A panoramic roof adds to the luxurious and spacious feel of the interior. 

Rugged Outside, A Sanctuary Within

Everest’s wider track and longer wheelbase enabled designers to create a more progressive, muscular appearance. Ford’s global design DNA is reflected in the C-clamp head lamps and strong horizontal upper grille bar. The front end also has a mix of horizontal and vertical elements, which add to the commanding appearance.

On the sides, there is a strong shoulder line front to back, while the wider track resulted in a more dramatic swell over the wheels, enhancing the strong and modern look.

“We showed customers the Everest at several points during the design process, and their feedback was consistent: They loved the exterior with the strong and rugged design, but they also thought it was sleek and modern,” said Max Wolff, design director for China and International Markets Group. “They said that the Everest would give them the confidence to go off-road; they wouldn’t have to second guess if it could go off-road whilst camping – it looks like a proper 4WD.”

What customers wanted on the interior was a different story. Inside, they wanted a sanctuary.

“One of the first things you’ll notice when you get into a new Everest is how quiet it is. We’ve all been in vehicles with multiple rows of seats, where you have to twist your head around and almost shout to be heard by passengers in the second or third rows,” he said. “That’s an issue we wanted to solve for Everest, so the interior would be a quiet place in which you can easily talk to your family or friends and enjoy the journey together.”

Designers also put a lot of thought into the function and feel of the interior, taking inspiration from modern homes and bringing in plush materials, premium finishes and ambient lighting1 all in areas where customers can appreciate them the best.

Everest’s sense of spaciousness is amplified by the full-width coast-to-coast instrument panel and centre console with dual cupholder recesses plus dash mounted ‘pop out’ cupholders for front seat occupants. 4x4 models are equipped with a new leather trimmed e-Shifter2 and all variants get integrated wireless charging and an electric parking brake. 4x4 models are equipped with a new leather trimmed e-Shifter2 and all variants get integrated wireless charging20 and an electric parking brake. Heated and ventilated front seats3 are standard on Sport and Platinum, and optional on Trend.10-way power adjustment and memory function for the driver is standard on Platinum. Platinum also receives heated second row seats and a heated steering wheel.

Access to the third-row seats is now easier thanks to second-row seats that slide further forward than before. Additionally, all occupants now have places to store their things and in Trend, Sport and Platinum variants, are able to charge their devices with power outlets in all three rows.

Ford has prioritised flexible seating in the Next-Gen Everest; the second-row slides with a 60:40 split seatback while on Platinum the 50:50 split third row in seven-seat configuration can be folded at the touch of a button. Importantly, both the second and third row seats have been designed to fold flat to allow for long loads to be carried safely.

To stop items falling out of the back when the tailgate is lifted, Wolff’s team created a small lip, affectionately known as the “apple catcher”, at the rear of the cargo area. The team also created an underfloor storage space that helps keep the rear of the Everest organised.

Customer-focused Technology

In addition to a more refined and comfortable interior, Ford focused on incorporating the latest connectivity and technology features into the Next-Gen Everest. Everest comes with a large 8-inch (Ambiente, Trend and Sport) or 12.4-inch (Platinum) digital instrument panel that replaces the traditional analogue clusters. Everest also features large, high-resolution 10.1-inch (Ambiente) or 12-inch (Trend, Sport, Platinum) portrait-oriented centre touchscreens.

Next-Gen Everest is loaded with Ford’s latest SYNC® 4A4 system, which comes customer-ready with its voice-activated communications, entertainment and information systems. Additionally, there’s an embedded factory-fitted modem, allowing customers to connect to Everest when linked with the FordPass™ App5. FordPass enhances the ownership experience with features like remote start5, vehicle status check and remote lock and unlock functions via your mobile device.

The portrait-orientated screen is also linked to a 360-degree camera6,7 with split-view display to make parking a breeze in tight urban spaces or to assist when negotiating particularly tricky terrain while out exploring. In addition, customers can control Everest’s new exterior zone lighting system6 via the touchscreen or the FordPass™ App5, which means they don’t have to park, work, camp or do anything in the dark.

New and Proven Engine Line-Up

The new 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel spearheads the lineup, and is joined by the proven 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel. Both engines are backed by Ford’s efficient 10-speed automatic transmission.

“The 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel really delivers that big-engine torque and power customers want,” said Pritika Maharaj, Everest Program Manager. “It feels really tough in the sense that it's got endless power and torque, but it is also refined and quiet on the road.”

“Regardless of engine, our customers can be confident that they have the power and torque they need whether they’re towing, going off-road, or just heading out on a family adventure,” said Maharaj.

Engineered For Adventure

A 50mm increase in Next-Gen Everest’s track helps deliver a more controlled ride on-road, while tweaks to damper settings allowed the team to inject more ‘fun’ and control into the way Everest rides both on- and off-road.

“Everest was always well regarded for its plush ride on- and off-road, but the track increase allowed our dynamics team to create a greater connection between vehicle and driver, with a more controlled ‘fun to drive’ ride around town and on the highway,” said Foston.

Want to do some exploring? Next-Gen Everest is ready to go, with underbody protection and off-road selectable drive modes8 plus rear locking differential, and two functional tow hooks upfront.

Everest is offered with two drivetrain options - 4x2 RWD is only available on Ambiente and Trend; while 4x4 variants across the range feature an advanced, permanent four-wheel drive system that uses an electronically controlled on-demand two-speed electromechanical transfer case (EMTC) with selectable drive modes8.

Where available, Everest’s dedicated off-road screen9 displays vehicle information and on variants fitted with a 360-degree camera6 – a front camera view of the terrain ahead, with predictive overlay guidelines designed to help the driver negotiate obstacles. With a single press of a button, the driver can view their driveline and diff-lock indicators, steering angle and guides, and vehicle roll and pitch angles.

Next-Gen Ford Everest has a water wading ability of up to 800mm10 and a maximum trailer towing capability of up to 3,500kg (braked) when fitted with the optional factory Tow Pack, which now boasts an integrated trailer brake controller 11,12. All variants receive a trailer light check function and trailer connection checklist, as a well as a new Tow/Haul drive mode to improve gearshift response when towing. Space in the engine bay allows for a second battery to power aftermarket accessories.

Everest’s impressive towing capability is supported by smart technologies that make towing easier. A dedicated Tow/Haul drive mode has been tuned to optimise gear shift timing to maintain the best power delivery and engine braking when carrying loads, either in a trailer or in the cargo area. In addition, the optional factory Tow Pack’s integrated electric trailer brake controller11 helps deliver smooth and effective control of a trailer’s brake system. Everest’s new camera views help owners guide their SUV into position to connect a trailer, while integrated SYNC features such as trailer connection checklist and trailer light check help make the job easier. Where available, FordPass app5 users can also test the trailer lights with their smartphone.

The new integrated roof rails – or Platinum-specific stand-off roof rails – are more than just a design detail; they’re engineered for adventure. The Everest rooftop can now support static loads of up to 350kg13 and350kg13and dynamic loads of up to 100kg13, providing increased versatility that enables Everest to carry bikes, canoes, cargo pod or roof-top tent. A universal mounting system allows customers to equip their vehicle with a range of accessories.

Confidence-Inspiring Driver Technologies

Everest comes loaded with new and enhanced driver assist technologies and safety features that are designed to take the stress out of driving and help drivers to remain focused.

In the Next-Gen Everest a new centre airbag positioned between the driver and front passenger provides additional protection in the event of a side impact. The addition of the far-side airbag and dual knee airbags brings the number of airbags up to nine, including front driver and passenger, dual seat side thorax airbags and dual side curtain airbags which cover all three rows.

Everest Platinum is equipped with Active Park Assist 2.01, 7. This can assist the Next-Gen Everest driver to fit safely in tight spaces at the press of a button. The system takes care of the steering, shifting, acceleration and braking to navigate into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces with ease. It will also drive itself out of a parallel parking spot when prompted.

Next-Gen Everest’s Matrix LED headlamps, exclusive to Platinum, offer greater visibility thanks to a raft of clever features, including auto dynamic levelling and speed dependent lighting that can adjust the intensity of the beam in front of the vehicle depending on the vehicle’s speed. The headlamps also offer both static and dynamic bending capability as well as glare-free high-beams, which help provide maximum visibility for the driver without dazzling other road users.

New and enhanced driver assist and safety features available in the Next-Gen Everest also include:

  • New – Lane-keeping system with road-edge detection7, 16, which helps keep the Everest from drifting from the lane or road surface on rural roads.
  • New – Evasive steer assist7,17, designed to operate at city and highway speeds, evasive steer assist uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle when the vehicle senses a collision is imminent.
  • New – Reverse brake assist7,18 helps drivers to reverse into parking spots and other tight spaces by providing audible and visual warnings. It can detect vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians crossing behind the vehicle. The system can even bring the Everest to a complete stop if the driver doesn’t react in time.
  • New – Blind spot information system with trailer coverage7,11 monitors blind spots around the vehicle, and when fitted with an optional factory Tow Pack, monitors blind spots around the trailer, alerting the driver of any perceived hazards. The system supports trailers up to 2.4 metres wide and 10 metres long.
  • Enhanced – Pre-collision assist with intersection functionality7,19 can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of an accident where the driver is turning across the path of oncoming traffic, and the system detects an imminent collision.


Creating a Remarkable Ownership Experience

“Our customers’ feedback on what they loved about the current Everest, and what they didn’t, has helped us create a truly remarkable vehicle – one that is very capable, safe, smart and powerful,” said Dianne Craig, president of Ford’s International Markets Group. “But just as importantly, their feedback has helped us create a remarkable ownership experience as well.

“Everest customers lead busy lives, juggling work, family time, a social life and recreation,” Craig added. “They need their vehicle ownership experience to be easier and more rewarding, so we are creating a collection of services that are designed to help do just that.”

At participating dealers, and subject to availability, these services include:

  • Online Service Booking: To allow customers to schedule servicing at a time convenient to them, both online and via the FordPass app5.
  • Service loan vehicle: Customers can receive a loan vehicle while their own vehicle is being serviced.

Other customer benefits include:

  • Everest Expert: Whether customers have questions about their vehicle or need assistance, Ford has an Everest Expert that will walk customers through their enquiries via the channel that best suits them.
  • Master Your Everest: Designed to support and encourage Everest customers to continue to learn more about their vehicle’s features and capabilities through their ownership journey. If customers have a question or want to learn more about how to best use their Everest’s high-tech features, we’ve got them covered, with virtual and hands-on education.

“We see the moment you buy your vehicle as the beginning of our journey together, not the end,” Craig said. “Our commitment is that we’re here for you throughout the time you own your vehicle.”

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1.     Standard on Platinum only. Not available on other variants.

2.     E-Shifter is only available on 4x4 models.

3.     Standard on Sport and Platinum only. Optional at additional cost on Trend. Not available on Ambiente.

4.     Don't drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don't use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all SYNC 4A features are compatible with all phones.

5.     Use of FordPass™ is subject to the FordPass™ Terms and Privacy Policy and the Connected Vehicle Terms and Privacy Policy available on™ and requires a compatible mobile device, internet access and software (including software updates from time to time). You are responsible for internet access, mobile network data and voice call services required for your use of the FordPass™ App on your mobile device, including associated fees. The FordPass™ App and FordPass™ Connect modem can only work when both are connected to the telecommunications network. Ford cannot guarantee that FordPass™ will be in fully operating condition at all times and the FordPass™ App may be unavailable or particular FordPass™ services interrupted. Ford is not responsible for any limitations or restrictions of the telecommunications network or of your mobile device. Vehicle Locater only available when Vehicle Location setting is on. Use Remote Vehicle Start and Stop responsibly and only in well ventilated areas where you are aware of your vehicle's surroundings.

6.     Standard on Platinum only. Optional on Trend 4x4 and Sport at additional cost. Not available on Ambiente or Trend 4x2.

7.     Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. May not operate at certain speeds, or in certain driving, road or weather conditions.

8.     Some drive modes only available on 4x4 models.

9.     The Off-Road Screen feature is only available on 4x4 models. Not available on Ambiente.

10.   Maximum water wading 800mm maintaining steady speed of 7km/h or less. Always consult the Owner's Manual before off-road driving, know your terrain and trail difficulty, and use appropriate safety gear. Do not attempt a water crossing if you are unsure of the water depth.

11.   Drivers will need to create a profile of their trailers in SYNC to support this system. Trailer Coverage only works with a genuine factory fit Ford Tow Bar. When using the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, drivers must set the gain on the Brake Controller unit.

12.   Maximum towing capacity-braked using the optional Genuine Ford tow pack (at additional cost). Subject to State and Territory regulations. To comply with these limits, occupants and / or luggage may need to be restricted to not exceed the GCM and GVM limits. For further details regarding passenger and luggage restrictions, please consult your authorized Ford Dealer and / or refer to the Owner’s Manual.

13.   Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution

14.   iACC and Lane Centring has a minimum operating speed of 20km/hr. Detection of lower speed limit will result in system entering standby. The Stop and Go functionality of this system operates as low as 0km/hr in traffic jam situations. If vehicle is stopped for more than three seconds, driver must intervene and press "RES" button or accelerator pedal to resume the system operation.

15.   Drivers are responsible for maintaining the correct legal speed limit at all times and should not rely solely upon the Speed Sign Recognition system.

16.   Designed for use on rural roads at speeds of 65 – 110km/h. The feature does not detect “every” edge and does require a level of contrast between the road surface and the edge.

17.   Evasive Steer Assist does not control steering.

18.   Reverse Brake Assist functions when in reverse and travelling at a speed of 2-12 km/h (1-7 mph). Please see the Owner's Manual for precautions and limitations.

19.   Pre-collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking detects pedestrians, but not in all conditions, and can help avoid or reduce a collision. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for limitations.

20.   Wireless charging may not be compatible with all mobile phones.

About Ford Australia

Ford Motor Company of Australia Pty Limited is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, founded in Geelong, Victoria, in 1925. The company designs, engineers, and imports award-winning and best-selling cars, SUVs and trucks, including Puma, Escape, Everest, Focus, Fiesta ST, Ranger, Ranger Raptor, Mustang, Mustang Mach 1 and Transit.


Australia is a key product development hub for Ford, with the company investing more $2.5 billion in research and development in Australia between 2016-20. More than $500 million is expected to be invested in our Australian operations in 2021.


Ford is Australia’s largest automotive employer, with a team of over 2,500 engineers, designers, technical, automotive and other specialists working at four locations across Victoria. Australia-based engineers and designers lead the development of award-winning vehicles sold in more than 180 markets globally, such as the Ford Ranger pickup and Ford Everest SUV.

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