We Want the 2022 Ford Everest Instead of the Explorer

It’s no secret that we enjoy our little off-roading SUVs, and the 2022 Ford Everest is a rugged option with three rows. It’s similar to the Ford Explorer, which is also pretty epic, but the Ford Everest more of an off-roader than a daily driver.

Wait, what is the 2022 Ford Everest? 

A red 2019 Ford Everest driving up a rocky trail
2019 Ford Everest | Ford

The 2022 Ford Everest, also known as the Endeavor in some markets, is a mid-size SUV that isn’t available in the United States. It’s based on the Ranger and has been in production since 2015. 

However, spy shots reveal that a redesigned model is emerging beside the 2022 Ford Ranger, which is also getting a total refresh. The Everest and Ranger should continue sharing similar mechanical parts. 

The new Everest will use the T6 platform. This is the same body-on-frame platform that the Ranger and Ford Bronco Sport utilize. However, the Bronco only has two rows. Also, the Ford Explorer uses the older D3 platform. 

How much power does the Everest have? 

The previous generation of the Ford Everest has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 194 hp, and you can upgrade to the 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine for 178 hp or the 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine with 110 hp. 

Finding the exact and official numbers proved to be challenging. But generally, vehicles in other countries have more diesel engine options that can be paired with manual transmissions. We sure wish those options were here! 

The base engine in the Ford Explorer is a 2.3-liter four-cylinder option with 33 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine for 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. There is also a hybrid engine. The Everest is expected to gain a hybrid variant soon as well. 

With the current Ranger, you get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. But the 2022 Ford Ranger could gain the powertrains from the Ford Bronco. The base engine is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four with 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. 

The more powerful option is the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 330 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. If the Ranger gains more power then its foreign cousin, the Everest might get a little extra muscle too. 

Can the Everest go off-roading? 

A 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline parked on a rock
2021 Ford Explorer Timberline | Ford

Yes, the 2022 Ford Everest is an excellent off-roader. It could rival the Toyota 4Runner or Ford Bronco Sport. But it’s pretty much only offered in other markets where the Bronco Sport isn’t available. 

The Everest has an intelligent four-wheel drive and an advanced Terrain Management System. You can lock the transfer case for increased control and ford water up to 31 inches deep. Plus, the coil spring front and rear suspension keep the ride nice and smooth. 

But the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline may become the three-row off-roader we want. It’s beefier than other trims with red tow hooks, front and rear skid plates, an 0.8-inch suspension lift, all-terrain tires, and a limited-slip rear differential. 

We just need to get behind the wheel and see how capable this new Rugged Explorer is. We also wish it was available with a diesel engine and manual transmission like the Ford Everest. At least the Bronco has a manual powertrain, though! 

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