Ford Everest 3.2 Titanium preview-5

Not long to go before the third-generation Ford Everest is launched in Malaysia, and ahead of its official arrival, the SUV – which premiered in Beijing in late 2014 – is now being previewed at the Ford Go Further roadshow in 1 Utama.

Both variants of the Australian-developed/designed seven-seater SUV that will be available locally – the 2.2L Trend 4×2 and range-topping 3.2L Titanium 4×4 – are on show at the event, which runs until May 2.

Last week, we detailed the Malaysian-spec variants, which feature the same powertrain and drivetrain configuration as seen on the facelifted Ranger T6 pick-up, but here’s a recap.

The Puma ZSD-422 2.2 litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine in the Trend offers 158 hp (listed as 160 PS) at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm at 1,600 to 2,500 rpm. The other Puma mill, the P5AT 3.2 litre five-pot Duratorq seen in the Titanium, puts out 197 hp (or 200 PS) at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm at 1,750 to 2,500 rpm.

As for transmission, only a single choice on call, as is the case with all ASEAN-region Everest variants (Australia gets a MT82 six-speed manual option), and this is a six-speed SelectShift automatic – the 6R80, which is also seen on the Ranger, has been recalibrated for use in the SUV for improved refinement.

In terms of equipment, quite a bit of difference between the two variants. Common equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, front and rear fog lamps, painted roof rails, two-way manual adjustment front passenger seats and removable plastic running boards.

The Trend however doesn’t get Ford’s Terrain Management System (TMS) – which has four different modes (Road, Sand, Snow and Rock), all selectable via a dial next to the gear lever – and locking rear differential found on the Titanium.

Moving further along, the Titanium features 20-inch wheels (and 265/50 tyres), whereas the Trend runs with 18-inch units and 265/60 rubbers. The front lighting elements are also different on both – the Titanium gets xenon projector headlamps with auto-levelling and LED DRLs, while the Trend is equipped with halogen projector units. Elsewhere, the Titanium is fitted with auto-sensing wipers as well as chromed side mirror covers, the latter painted for the Trend.

Inside, quite a bit of variance as well. The Trend’s seats are finished in fabric, while leather wraps those found in the Titanium. On the 3.2L, passengers seated in the second row will have access to rear air-con controls and a 230 V three-pin inverter power socket.

The Trend is equipped with a 4.2-inch coloured display and a SYNC 1.1 system with eight speakers in tow, manual adjustment driver’s seat (four-way) and manual-folding third-row 50:50 split-folding seats.

The Titanium adds on ambient lighting, an electrochromic rearview mirror, leather steering wheel and gear knob, a 10-speaker SYNC 2 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display, powered driver seat (eight-way adjustable) and one-touch power-folding third-row 50:50 split folding seats. The variant’s door panel trim is also finished in leather.

Safety-wise, the Titanium gets seven airbags (driver, front passenger, side, curtain, knee), while the Trend omits the side and curtain airbags to make the airbag count three.

Otherwise, there’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS, seatbelt reminder and Isofix child seat anchor points (second-row, across all three seats) on both variants, though the Titanium adds front park assist sensors, a rear-view camera and Ford’s MyKey into its kit list.

Four exterior colours are listed, two being common to both variants (Aluminium Metallic and Black Mica metallic), with a dedicated colour for each – on the Trend, this is Cool White, while Sunset Metallic is unique to the Titanium. No suggestion on pricing as of yet, but early intimations suggest that the Trend could be running into the RM200k region, and the Titanium, by quite a bit more.

We’ll have more on the Ford Everest when the SUV is officially launched. Until then, for a more comprehensive view of its workings, check out our review of the seven-seater SUV in Chiang Rai.

GALLERY: Ford Everest 3.2L Titanium 4×4

GALLERY: Ford Everest 2.2L Trend 4×2