The Australian-market 2019 Ford Everest now includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and other active safety features across its range, where previously these were available only on the more expensive Trend and Titanium trim levels. Now, AEB, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam are standard.

The 2WD Everest Ambiente now starts from A$49,490 (RM143,181) before on-road costs – AUD400 (RM1,157) more than previously. Stepping up to the 4WD Everest Ambiente reveals a price tag of AUD54,490 (RM157,646) before on-road costs, also AUD400 (RM1,157) more than before. The Ambiente trim level is powered solely by the 3.2 litre five-cylinder diesel option in Australia.

Further up from base camp is the mid-spec Trend with three powertrain options; the RWD 2.0 litre biturbo diesel four with 10-speed automatic at A$56,190 (RM162,571), the 4WD 2.0 litre biturbo diesel four with 10-speed automatic at A$61,490 (RM177,905) and the 4WD 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbodiesel with six-speed automatic at A$59,990 (RM173,555). Prices for the Trend trim variants are unchanged; the 2.0 litre biturbo is shared with the Ranger Raptor.

Meanwhile, the top Titanium trim level for Australia is specified exclusively with the 2.0 litre biturbo four, though now this arrives with a AUD1,700 (RM4,918) price cut to AUD72,990 (RM211,165) for this year. Standard equipment on the Titanium includes 20-inch wheels, a tow bar rated for 3,100 kg and a semi-automated parking assistant.

The facelifted Ford Everest for Malaysia is available in two variants – the 2.0L Trend AWD 10AT at RM228,888, and the 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium AWD 10AT at RM258,888. Here, the single turbocharger-equipped Trend variant outputs 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque, while the biturbo Titanium variant produces 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque.

In Malaysia, the 2019 Everest Titanium comes with Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, however we do miss out on autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and vehicle detection, adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane keeping system (LKS). All variants of the Everest facelift were given a five-star ASEAN NCAP rating at launch.

GALLERY: 2019 Ford Everest facelift