Plenty of Americans have lamented that the Ford Ranger is no longer on sale in the U.S., but continues to be available in the nether regions of the world. If you’re one of those folks, get ready to pout some more, as Ford yesterday unveiled the redesigned 2015 Everest SUV at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing.
The new, Ranger-based Everest is now more refined and more capable. It’s built specifically for the Asia-Pacific market (China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and markets across the ASEAN region), and will also be available in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa in 2015. Depending on the market, the 2015 Ford Everest will offer a 2.0L EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder, a 2.2L Duratorq turbodiesel four-cylinder, or a 3.2L Duratorq turbodiesel five mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
With almost nine inches of ground clearance, over 30 inches of wading depth, a 29-degree approach, 25-degree departure angles, and on-demand four-wheel drive, the Everest “seamlessly blends rugged off-road capability with exceptional ride quality and dynamic handling, delivering a versatile vehicle that surpasses what consumers have come to expect from an SUV.”
It’s a bit less rugged inside, as there’s room for seven, along with flat-folding second and third rows, an eight-inch touchscreen, active noise control, and an optional panoramic moonroof. And there’s a full array of safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, SYNC 2, along with a bevy of active safety equipment, including Curve Control, Lane Keeping Aid and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, along with autonomous emergency braking.
Just as with the “global” Ranger T6, there are no plans to bring the Everest to North America.