The 2022 Ford Everest receives a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel for the first time when it arrives in New Zealand later this year.
The V6 sourced straight out of a Ranger is available in the Sport and Platinum trims. It is good enough for 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
Ford New Zealand’s other Everest trim is the Trend, which comes with the standard 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel. That motor produces 154kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
Each of the three models features four-wheel drive, and all have identical 3500 kg towing capacities. Similarly, all drivetrains are mated with a ten-speed automatic gearbox.
Ford markets the Everest as an explorer’s vehicle of choice, which kind of makes sense given its name. To stress that point even further, the Everest has several different drive modes.
There are both on-road and off-road modes, each with its own subset of modes. Understandably, only the 4x4s get off-road modes, which cater for muddy and sandy surfaces.
But, thankfully, all models heading our way are 4×4.
As expected, you get more unnecessary but cool gimmicks as you move up the trim levels. The Platinum model gives you everything every other model has, plus heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel.
Thankfully, Ford has made access to the third-row seating easier by making the second-row slide move forward than before.
And, of course, the most essential aspect of any new SUV is how many colour options you can buy.
Ford has really spoiled us for choice with two different shades of black and grey this time, plus a striking blue.
Oh, wait, you have to pay extra for those.
White it is then.