Way back in August, we showed you a Ford concept for the Australian market called the Everest. Now, we can show you that work on the new Ranger-based SUV is well under way.

At this stage, it's still quite clearly a mule (note the misalignment of the front and rear doors), wearing the Ranger's front end and the rump of Ford's overseas Territory crossover. The wheelbase is shorter than a Ranger, according to our spy photographers, which strikes us as somewhat odd for a more passenger-oriented vehicle. Disc brakes should be fitted at all four corners, while the new SUV, which will almost certainly wear the Everest name, should sport a new rear suspension.

In terms of looks, we're expecting the Everest Concept to inform the appearance of the production model. Naturally, there will also be some interior tweaks, particularly around the dashboard, which is covered in these photos.

Interestingly, our spy shooter maintains that the Everest is being developed by Ford of Australia, despite the fact that Ford is ending its local manufacturing there. Still, Ford intends to continue vehicle sales there as an importer, and we have reason to believe that design offices will remain in Oz, so it's not a huge stretch to think that some vehicle development operations will remain there, too.

We should to see the production Everest near the end of this year, with sales to commence in 2015.


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      Justin
      • 10 Months Ago
      BRING HERE
      Lucky Stars
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks good. I live in Colombia and one of the biggest status symbols is the Prado suv which is a toyota. Buying a toyota here is a 50% or more price hike so same as buying a mercedes in the Usa. The Ford ecosport and tracker from Chevy are selling well .I am sure they would do well in the Usa as well and will one day be there
      kesthekill
      • 10 Months Ago
      another great SUV...way to go ford!!
      RAMMY
      • 10 Months Ago
      Awesome
      Bill Lim
      • 10 Months Ago
      fyi this is what the current Everest looks like http://www.ford.co.th/en/suvs/everest
        Jarda
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Bill Lim
        the concept is miles better, kinda resembles Durango :P
      RAMMY
      • 10 Months Ago
      Awesome
      ocbrad1
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Everest has been an SUV nameplate that made the rounds of SW Asia (NATO and several of their contractors used them as NTVs (non-tactical vehicles) on bases in Afghanistan when I was there from 2010-2012), and it was fully based on the then current (2011-2012) vintage Export Ranger. At that time, the Territory was an SUV/CUV sold primarily in Oz, NZ, and South Africa. It was based on the various Falcon models. Clearly the Everest is simply going to replace the Territory, which makes sense given the planned ending of auto production in Australia.
      RobbyCough
      • 10 Months Ago
      Everyone is going to whine about this not coming to the U.S., but why would Ford do that considering there is hardly a market for these things? The 4Runner seems to hold its own but Nissan is contemplating the need for a new Xterra, so it's not like many are clamoring for a traditional midsized SUV. Come to think of it, no one really cares except for a few. Do you think the average soccer mom seems a difference between old Explorers and new ones? She doesn't know the first ones were based on the Ranger platform while the new one is a Taurus wagon. She doesn't care. It's more comfortable and more useful in her eyes, so what difference does it make? It's why the Trailblazer gave way to the Traverse and the Pathfinder is a reskinned minivan. Face it, hardly anyone would buy this.
        EXP Jawa
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RobbyCough
        Its true that the segment is small, but it is definitely there. This would be perfect for me and what I need. But I've long since known that I'm an outlier, statistically.
          RobbyCough
          • 10 Months Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          It is, but barely. Like I said, only the 4Runner seems to have a market. Nissan's Pathfinder became a bit player, so it's just the 4Runner and Xterra. People looking to tow and haul are buying full-size trucks, whether they be SUVs or pickups. I'm not saying I don't like the idea of a traditional mid-sized SUV, just that the market doesn't seem to be there, at least not enough to support more than one or two entries. And with the Escape, Edge, Explorer and Expedition, I'm not sure Ford needs to give people more options.
        Gernn Blanston
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RobbyCough
        The people who want this tow, camp, off-road, want something more affordable, and don't want to live with a Wrangler. They know the realty, they just don't like it. That's the point of whining.
      Autoblogist
      • 10 Months Ago
      In before the "bring it here" whining.
      David Ringgold Lardn
      • 10 Months Ago
      Everest, we have seen you before and your name was Explorer. Go home, Ford. You're drunk.
        john96xlt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @David Ringgold Lardn
        So stupid. There is a large market for truck-based SUVs outside of the US. But, of course, that doesn't matter, only the world you can view exists, right? And Ford has no right to compete with all other major manufacturers who produce such vehicles?
      Edsel
      • 10 Months Ago
      I thought the mis-aligned body panels were a retro design element; a salute to the 1970's era of U.S. design & manufacturing compromise.
      RevenantDC5
      • 10 Months Ago
      I know this comment is no surprise, but if Ford sold this in US I would love to buy it.
        EXP Jawa
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RevenantDC5
        Count me in. My '98 Mountaineer is getting a bit tired (316K on the clock) and I'd love to have a truck-based replacement in a reasonable size. And in green.
        Jake
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RevenantDC5
        The is what the Explorer should have been. Instead of a Flex and Explorer on the same basic platform.
          john96xlt
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Jake
          While in principle, I agree 100%, the fact is that Ford made the right decision to go crossover with the Explorer. The proof is in the pudding, Explorer is the best selling vehicle in its segment.
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