You’re already seen the Ford Everest concept that Ford unveiled in Sydney last year. The concept previewed an upcoming midsize SUV based on the Ranger (T6) midsize pickup truck. And late last week, we shared spy shots of that vehicle caught undergoing testing. But while the upcoming Everest will most definitely be a new vehicle in and of itself, it’s important to note that it doesn’t represent an entry into a new vehicle segment for Ford.
That’s because, Ford currently sells an SUV wearing the Everest (and Endeavour) name (depending on the country) in various international markets, including some Asian markets such as India (where it’s known as the Endeavour).
Produced at Ford’s manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand alongside the Ranger T6, the current Everest is a five-door passenger SUV variant of the second-generation Ford Ranger pickup truck, which itself is derived from the 2006-2011 Mazda BT-50. As such, the upcoming second-generation Everest, which will be based on the current Ford Ranger (T6), is simply a successor of the current Everest.
All that is to say that Ford already competes in the midsize SUV segment in those markets where it will sell the second-gen Everest currently in development, and that the vehicle doesn’t represent a brand new entry into a new segment for Ford — as some (other) publications are either reporting, or leaving out of the story completely.