2022 Ford Everest spotted
- Camouflaged large SUV believed to be next generation Everest
- Wrap design consistent with recently spied Ranger mules
UPDATE, MAY 31: Spy shots of the 2022 Ford Everest test mule continue to surface, and these latest shots snapped by an eagle-eyed Wheels Australia reader provide a closer look at the looming off-roader's side profile.
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MAY 20: A mystery mule believed to be the 2022 Ford Everest has been spotted in heavy camouflage on the streets of Corio, Victoria.
Although details for the next-generation Everest – expected in 2022 alongside the new Ranger – are scarce, as Ford says it has no news to share on Everest at this time, the photos reveal plenty of clues pointing towards this development mule being the new Ranger-based SUV.
Those small diameter wheels are similar in size and spoke design to those on the current Ford Ranger Raptor.
Meanwhile, the rear window shape, C-pillar design and a tracking-rod attached to the rear diff housing also ape the current Ford Everest.
Then there’s the fact its registration plate, which returns a false reading on the VicRoads checker, is only one digit different to the Ranger mules recently spied during development in NSW.
The Everest mule also features the same style of camouflage wrap pattern as those spied Rangers.
As well as this, the photo taken of the Everest comes from Corio near Geelong. The suburb is only 20 minutes drive from Ford’s You Yangs proving ground, which Ford currently uses to develop internationally built vehicles.
The Ford Everest is a seven-seat off-road SUV based on the Ford Ranger chassis and powertrains. Sister title 4x4 Australia crowned the Ford Everest its 4x4 of the Year in 2016.
It's reported the next-generation Everest will mimic the incoming Ranger on specification.
Expect a 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 and 2.3-litre four-cylinder hybrid petrol powertrain alongside a standard 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
When asked, Ford would not specifically comment on these pictures or a new Everest.
It did, however, take the opportunity to remind us that its engineering facilities in both Campbellfield and Geelong play a central role in the development of internationally-sold vehicles, as well as the current Everest model.
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