Over three years ago, a Ford Everest was spotted near FoMoCo’s product development campus, causing many to wonder if the model was destined for the North American market. Now, Ford Authority spies have captured a next-generation left-hand-drive 2023 Ford Everest prototype testing around the Ford Dearborn Development Center, just a day after a LHD 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor was spotted testing with bed camouflage.
This is notable because both the Everest and Ford Ranger, along with the Ford Bronco, ride on the Ford T6 platform. Both the next-generation 2023 Ford Everest and Ranger will ride on the latest version of the T6 for their underpinnings, which the Bronco has already debuted. Both the next-gen Everest and Ranger are expected to launch in 2022 for the 2023 model year.
The Everest, also known as the Endeavor in the Indian market, is a mid-size, body-on-frame SUV that’s been in production since 2003 and was mainly developed for Asian markets, though it’s also sold in a number of other places including the Middle East, Australia, and Central America. The first-generation model remained in production until the 2015 model year, when the second-gen Everest launched. It last received a facelift for the 2018 model year.
The current Everest is known for its off-road capability and up to seven-seat configuration. It’s unclear if Ford plans on bringing the next-gen Everest to North America, but seeing a left-hand-drive prototype in Dearborn will certainly raise the question. While it rides on the same platform as the Bronco, the Everest is a more practical, conventional-looking off-roader, so perhaps there is room for it in Ford’s ever-growing SUV and crossover lineup.