We knew everything about the new Ford Everest in Malaysia, except for SUV’s local price. Until now, because Ford Malaysia has revealed that the Thai-made seven-seater is now available in Malaysia, starting from RM198,888 for the 2.2L Trend 2WD. The 3.2L Titanium AWD with all the bells and whistles is yours for RM258,888. Prices are on-the-road excluding insurance.

Previewed at the Ford Go Further roadshow in 1 Utama late last month, the Australian-developed/designed SUV related to the Ford Ranger T6 facelift will have the same engines as the pick-up truck, namely the Puma ZSD-422 2.2 litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine in the Trend and the P5AT 3.2 litre five-pot Duratorq in the Titanium. The 2.2L does 160 PS and 385 Nm from 1,600 to 2,500 rpm, while the 3.2L makes 200 PS and 470 Nm from 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.

From L-R: Everest 3.2L Titanium AWD, Everest 2.2L Trend 2WD

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. The Everest has 225 mm of ground clearance and class-leading 800 mm water wading capability.

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.

Everest 2.2L Trend 2WD

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.

Everest 3.2L Titanium AWD

Safety-wise, the five-star ASEAN NCAP-rated 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 ESC, ABS, seatbelt reminder and Isofix anchor points (second-row, across all three seats) on both variants, though the Titanium adds front parking sensors, a reverse camera and Ford’s MyKey. The latter allows the programming of various features, such as setting maximum speed, seatbelt reminders and maximum audio volume.

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. Check out our review of the new Ford Everest, driven in Thailand.

Expensive for a truck-based SUV? That’s the ballpark these days. The new Toyota Fortuner was launched in Malaysia last week with a price range from RM187k to RM200k. The starting price for the Hilux-based SUV is lower, but so is the equipment list for the 2.4 VRZ. The range-topping Fortuner is significantly cheaper than the Everest Titanium, but it has a 2.7 litre petrol engine instead of a burly diesel motor best-suited for these big machines.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will be next, and we’ll see how that one is positioned.

GALLERY: Ford Everest 3.2L Titanium AWD

GALLERY: Ford Everest 2.2L Trend 2WD