Ford Malaysia has teased the arrival of the new Ford Everest facelift on its official social media accounts, a few months after the refreshed body-on-frame SUV was first unveiled.

Based on the postings, the Everest destined for Malaysia will come with the Getrag 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the 6R80 six-speed unit found on the current model.

Although it isn’t confirmed, the 10-speed gearbox will most likely be paired with the Blue Oval’s 2.0 litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engine, first seen on the Ranger Raptor. The EcoBlue is from the newer Panther engine family, and serves as a replacement for the previous Puma line that consists of 2.2 and 3.2 litre five-cylinder Duratorq turbodiesel mills.

Ford Everest facelift coming to M’sia – 10-speed auto

The EcoBlue engine and 10-speed auto combination is already available for Everest models sold in Thailand, where it is offered in two different states of tune – 180 PS at 3,500 rpm/420 Nm from 1,750-2,500 rpm (single turbo) and 213 PS at 3,750 rpm/500 Nm from 1,750-2,000 rpm (bi-turbo). However, certain markets like Australia still offer the Duratorq engine with a six-speed auto.

Other updates as part of the facelift include a larger, three-slat grille, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and start, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, improved trim and materials and the addition of a hands-free powered tailgate for certain variants.

On the safety side of things, inter-urban autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and vehicle detection, adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane keeping system (LKS) and blind spot information system (BLIS) with rear cross-traffic alert are all present on higher-end variants sold in Thailand and Australia.