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The new Ford Everest and S-MAX have been taking their own sweet time coming to Malaysia – both seven-seater Blue Ovals were supposed to arrive here last month, but as yet there are still no sign of them. Well, until now, at least, as reader Zaki Zainuddin has spotted both cars undisguised and wearing trade plates, hinting that a launch is perhaps finally around the corner – although probably not in time before the new year.

Here, two units of the Ranger-based SUV can be seen – the white Everest in the foreground is likely the base 2.2 litre 4×2 variant, distinguished by the smaller wheels and lack of “Titanium” badging at the rear. The latter is saved, of course, for the top-spec 3.2 litre 4×4 Titanium variant, along with larger 20-inch alloys – it appears that’s the red unit at the back.

By contrast, very little can be ascertained regarding the S-MAX from the sole photo provided – in fact, it was unclear whether it was actually the all-new model and not the facelifted version of the current car, until this writer noticed the new tail light shape. Expect the new MPV to retain the current 240 PS 2.0 litre EcoBoost mill, albeit this time mated to a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the PowerShift dual-clutch unit.

Pricing is not expected to be cheap for either model. Back in August, the Everest was indicated to start from RM180k, rising to an eye-watering RM230k-240k for the Titanium – and with the ringgit’s value depreciating further since then, it’s likely that finalised prices will end up even higher. As for the S-MAX, expect it to cost a little bit over the RM200k mark, given that the Mondeo on which it’s based costs a sliver under that.

GALLERY: 2016 Ford Everest in Chiang Rai


GALLERY: 2016 Ford S-MAX