Ford Asia Pacific has confirmed plans to bring out a rear-wheel drive version of the Ranger-based Ford Everest SUV, due to land in showrooms this September.
According to Australian website Drive, Ford Australia CEO Graeme Whickman said that the two-wheel drive version of the Ford Everest has been developed in response to customer demand for a vehicle with the same seating, cargo space, and towing capacity, but without the sometimes superfluous all-wheel drive system. “This model will make the Everest a bit more accessible and gives more people the opportunity to buy a Ford,” says Whickman.
Pricing for the RWD Ford Everest could start as low as $56,000 in its most basic “Trend” trim level. That’s $5,000 less than the AWD Ford Everest Trend.
The RWD Ford Everest will most likely arrive with Ford’s 3.2-liter TDCi diesel mill as the sole powerplant of choice, reports Drive. At the same time that it comes out this fall, Ford is expected to upgrade the infotainment in all Trend and higher trim-level Everests to the latest SYNC 3. Folks living outside of the Asia Pacific market, who might be struggling to find any reason to care, ought to bear in mind that the Ranger-based Ford Everest could preview the reborn Bronco expected to launch in North America by 2020.