Here’s a brief look at the latest Ford Everest facelift, as seen at the Indonesian International Motor Show. This isn’t a particularly new vehicle, but its recent launch in Indonesia could lead to a local introduction here soon, as both markets are supplied by the same plant in Rayong, Thailand.
No, this isn’t the Ranger T6-based Everest that got everyone excited last month. The third-generation model – unveiled in concept form in Australia – isn’t due until 2015, and this latest update is Ford’s stop-gap measure to keep its large ladder-frame SUV looking fresh till it’s time to let the new one loose.
The minor facelift is just exactly that; the ageing seven-seat SUV gets a new front end and little else. Out goes the current model’s somewhat surprised face, replaced with a more rounded and friendlier facet that doesn’t exactly blend in with the rest of the Everest’s boxy shape.
The Everest lettering has moved from the downsized grille to the bonnet, a la the Range Rover and more recently, the Discovery too. Other than the redesigned 18-inch wheels, the rest of the vehicle stays as it was, both inside and out.
The current Malaysian Ford Everest lineup includes a 143 PS/330 Nm 2.5 litre TDCi manual and a 156 PS/380 Nm 3.0 litre TDCi automatic models priced at RM145,888 and RM169,888 respectively. Both have five-speed transmissions with automatic 4×4 shift-on-the-fly functions, while the range topper has two extra airbags (four total).