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New Ford Everest 2020 gets powerful Mustang engine to reset ute-based SUV standard!

The Everest-Mustang crossover is finally here.

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.