Ford has updated the Ford Everest in Malaysia to the latest generation version based on the new Ranger TDCi. As expected, the Everest carries over the Ford Ranger’s excellent 2.5 litre Duratorq TDCi engines, but the top of the range Everest takes the bar up further with a more powerful 3.0 litre TDCi engine.

Like the Ranger, the Ford Everest equipped with the 5-speed automatic transmission offers Borg Warner’s Shift-on-the-Fly system, allowing the driver to shift from 2H to 4H at driving speeds of up to 100km/h. There are also 4X2 versions available for those who do not need 4X4 capabilities. The Duratorq TDCi engines use a single variable geometry turbocharger. The new 3.0 litre Duratorq TDCi engine makes 154 horsepower at 3,200rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1,800rpm. The 2.5 litre model makes 141 horsepower at 3,500rpm and 330Nm of torque at 1,800rpm.

The Ford Everest is a 7-seater with 3 rows of seats. Every seat row has separate air-conditioning. The third row can be completely removed to increase luggage capacity. Other features include power foldable door mirrors with indicator lights and puddle lamps, offering the front passengers visibility of what is on the ground that they are about to step on at night.

The familiar interior (similiar to the Ranger’s) uses a two-tone colour scheme with a little wood trim used sparingly. The interior offers 5 cupholders and an MP3-capable CD player. Safety features include the usual ABS with EBD and load sensing proportioning valve, as well as dual front airbags and dual passenger side airbags.

Ford Everest 3.0L TDCi 4×4 LTD Automatic – RM172,488
Ford Everest 2.5L TDCi 4×4 XLT Automatic – RM158,288
Ford Everest 2.5L TDCi 4×2 XLT Automatic – RM145,188
Ford Everest 2.5L TDCi 4X4 XLT Manual – RM145,188

All vehicles except for the Everest 2.5L TDCi 4X4 XLT Automatic will be available at all Ford showrooms nationwide from the 12th of September onwards.