Ford Australia has detailed its model year 2020 Everest line-up, headlined by the introduction of a new style-focussed Sport variant that is due to touch down in local showroom’s before year’s end.
The seven-seat Sport grade is available only in four-wheel-drive form with either the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine or the 2.0-litre twin-turbo unit, priced at $62,290 before on-road costs and $63,790 respectively.
This places the Sport just below the flagship $72,590 Titanium 4WD seven-seater, but above the base Ambiente ($49,490 for the RWD 3.2-litre five-seater and $54,490 for the 4WD 3.2-litre five-seater) and Trend ($56,490 for the RWD 2.0-litre five-seater, $60,290 for the 4WD 3.2-litre seven-seater and $61,790 for the 4WD 2.0-litre seven-seater).
Compared to its predecessors, the Trend and Titanium grades are $300 more expensive due to the addition of a ‘High Performance Lighting’ system that consists bi-LED headlights with automatic highbeams and a windscreen-mounted USB port for use with dash cameras – both of which are also included on the Sport.
Pricing for the Ambiente remains static.
However, differentiating the Sport from its siblings is a black-finished mesh front grille, front and rear scuff plates, exterior side mirrors, window surrounds, roof rails and 20-inch wheels.
The seven-seat Sport grade is available only in four-wheel-drive.
The new grade also gains variant-specific badging, while the Sport also debuts a new-for-2020 ‘Deep Crystal Blue’ exterior colour. Four other hues are available on the new Everest including ‘Artic White’, ‘Shadow Black’, ‘Meteor Grey’ and ‘Aluminium’.
Inside, the new Everest gains ‘Raceway Blue’ door pulls, as well as ‘Sport’-embossed front row seats and contrast blue stitching throughout.
Like the rest of the Everest range, the 3.2-litre engine in the Sport produces 143kW/470Nm and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0-litre engine ups the ante to 157kW/500Nm and a 10-speed auto.