By Ronan Glon
Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013 @ 6:11 am
 
Ford's Australian division has lifted the veil off of a new concept that accurately previews the upcoming Everest SUV. Based on the mid-size Ranger pickup, the Everest is aimed at the Nissan Pathfinder and GM's Holden Colorado.

Ford's Australian design team fitted the Everest's front end with a trapezoidal radiator grille and angular head lamps in order to differentiate it from its Ranger sibling. The SUV boasts a rugged appearance thanks to pronounced wheel arches and a high ground clearance, and body-on-frame construction helps ensure the truck is as capable off-road as it looks.

Pictures of the interior are not available but the production version of the Everest will offer room for up to seven passengers spread out over three rows of seats. Most versions will be available with Ford's touch screen-based SYNC infotainment system.

The SUV's entry-level engine is expected to be a 2.5-liter gas-burning four-cylinder that makes 163 horsepower and 165 lb-ft. of torque. Buyers after more grunt will be able to order a five-cylinder turbodiesel rated at 197 ponies and 276 lb-ft. of twist. Both rear- and all-wheel drive models will be offered.

The production-bound variant of the Everest will be unveiled in the next couple of months. It will be built alongside the Ranger in Thailand and sold in several markets in the Asia-Pacific region, but Ford is not planning on offering the SUV in the United States or in Europe.