Yes, you read that right. It’s not a Ranger, and there is now, officially, a Ford Everest Wildtrak. As with the pickup, the SUV brethren will also feature added tech features as well as driver-assist systems. Of course, it won’t be a Wildtrak if it doesn’t come with proper stickers and badging, so yes, this new Everest will get all of those. But there’s a catch.
2023 Ford Everest Wildtrak revealed in New Zealand
Again, you read that right. Indeed, there is an Everest Wildtrak now, but it’s only been released in the New Zealand market. Bummer. So what exactly are we missing out on? It may not look to be a lot, but being the first of its kind, we’d say we want some of that, regardless.
On the outside, you have the redesigned bumper, the bumper H-bar, a grill surround, wheel lip moldings, fender vents, 20-inch alloy wheels, and the signature Luxe Yellow paint that’s used exclusively on the Wildtrak variant. Adding a touch of contrast are the side mirror caps finished in Bolder Grey.
Over to the inside, you get black upholstery with contrast stitching. Both front seats feature power adjustment 10 ways for the driver’s side, and 8 for the passenger’s side. They also get seat chillers and heaters, a nifty feature, but not exactly ground-breaking. A massive 12-inch infotainment screen takes center stage on the center stack, which comes equipped with Ford SYNC 4A, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Adding to all the tech is a 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster.
The Everest Wildtrak does a good job of reminding everyone of its name, too, given the embroidered “Wildtrak” on the backrest, along with other Cyber Orange accents on (again) the seat stitches, steering wheel, dash, shifter console and boot, and door sidings.
The most interesting part of the Everest Wildtrak is what’s under its hood. Powering the mid-size SUV is a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine. Ford’s pretty mum about power and torque figures, but they’re pretty confident in declaring that it can tow up to 3,500 kilograms, making the Everest Wildtrak “ready for adventure”.
To add more mystery, and since it’s not set to be released until July 2023, no price was indicated by Ford either.
Ford fans, we’re curious if you think that the Everest Wildtrak can be, is, or should be part of the local lineup in the Philippines. We all know that a lot of Ranger Wildtraks were easily sold, but will the badge do the same wonders for an SUV counterpart? Let us know what you think in the comments. If Ford decides to bring this to the PH, it’ll be very interesting to watch how it sells and performs.