The Ford Everest large SUV now has a powerful new engine option, and it has been taken directly from the popular Mustang sports car.
The engine in question is Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol four-cylinder unit, which does duty in the Mustang as well as the third-generation Focus RS hot hatch.
Under the Everest’s bonnet, the engine produces 202kW of power and 455Nm of torque, meaning it comfortably outmuscles the 143kW/470Nm 3.2-litre single-turbo five-cylinder and 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder units currently offered in Australia, both of which run on diesel.
Local buyers shouldn’t get too excited, though, as a Ford Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the new petrol engine option won’t make its way Down Under, where the ute-based SUV segment is overwhelmingly diesel.
Instead, the 2.3-litre unit is destined for China, where the Everest is already available with a 182kW/360Nm 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine.
Just like it is in the Mustang, the former is mated a 10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, while the latter has four less gears to play with.
For reference, the Ranger-based Everest sold in Australia is currently priced from $49,690 to $72,790 plus on-road costs.