The 2020 Ford Everest Sport has just made its debut in Thailand alongside the updated Ranger line-up, and the sole 2.0 Turbo 4×2 variant is priced at 1,399,000 baht (RM193k). The price is discounted from 1,462,000 (RM201k) as part of a launch promo that ends on December 31, 2019.

Now, the Everest Sport is based on the Titanium variant, but adds on a number of visual enhancements. Starting from the exterior, the SUV gets a new mesh-type, black radiator grille, bi-LED headlights with squared projector lens (same update as the Ranger Wildtrak and Raptor), and a range of blacked out bits such as the front and rear bumper, the Everest embossment on the bonnet, black tailgate garnish, black side steps, roof rails, and side mirrors.

To give it a more sinister look, the Everest Sport sits on huge 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels shod with 265/50 tyres, and it gets Sport stickers on the doors, as well as a Sport badge on the rump. For the cabin, it gets a new Hydrographic theme, complete with leather seat upholstery with contrast blue stitching. The dashboard is now covered with leather and features the same blue stitching.

As for powertrain, the SUV is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine, producing 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque. It gets a 10-speed conventional automatic with manual shifting on the gear lever, with power routed to the rear wheels. Mechanically, things are unchanged, so it still rides on a ladder frame chassis, gets a double wishbone suspension up front, and a multi-link setup at the back with coilovers and Watt’s linkage.

Creature comforts include an eight-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen head unit (supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) that’s hooked up to nine speakers, eight-way powered driver’s seat, adjustable second row seat with 60:40 split, and foldable third-row seat with 50:50 split.

For safety, again, things remain unchanged. As with the Everest Titanium, the Everest Sport gets ABS with EBD and brake assist, hill assist, rollover mitigation risk reduction system, seven airbags with driver’s knee airbag, as well as reverse sensor and rear view camera. Just three exterior colour are available, those being Arctic White, Absolute Black, and Aluminium Metallic.