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Ford Everest Trend: 2019 4x4 of the Year contender

By 4x4 Australia, 05 Jan 2019 4x4OTY

Ford Everest Trend 2019 4x4 of the Year contender feature

Can the Everest win its second 4X4OTY gong?

THE Ford Everest is no stranger to the 4X4OTY competition, claiming the title three years ago. It returns, however, with a new powertrain, significantly changed front suspension and added safety tech.

The new powertrain is the same 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel arrangement (157kW/500Nm) found in both the Ranger XLT and Ranger Raptor, again mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The seven-seat family wagon differs from the Ranger as it comes with a dual-range full-time 4x4 system, which apportions 40 per cent of the drive to the front wheels and 60 per cent to the rear on high-traction surfaces (though that can change as conditions dictate), and coil springs in lieu of leaf springs for the rear live axle.

The burly wagon gets a self-locking centre diff, and the Terrain Management system changes the drive dynamics and includes Normal, Rock, Snow/Mud/Grass and Sand modes.

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The Everest Trend’s cabin is spacious and well kitted-out, and the vehicle’s capable of towing up to 3100kg and a maximum payload of 687kg. The Trend on test retails for $61,190 (plus on-road costs).

Is the 2.0-litre/10-speed powertrain good enough in the Everest to give the big wagon its second title?