Melbourne - A day after revealing the revised ‘model year 2019’ Ford Ranger bakkie for global markets, Ford Australia has pulled the covers off its SUV cousin.

The MY19 Everest, as it’s referred to, gets similar technological upgrades to the Ranger, but the SUV gets its own unique facelift comprising of a new chrome grille, HID headlights and redesigned front bumper, while the range-topping Titanium model gets new 20-inch, dual-tone split-spoke alloys.

Ford’s new 157kW/500Nm 2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine as fitted to the Raptor and other range-topping MY19 Ranger models, will also be offered in the Everest, along with a new 10-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The current 147kW 3.2-litre diesel continues to be offered in the bottom half of the Aussie range, while the SA line-up will inevitably also see the 2.2 diesel soldier on at the lower end. 

The 2019 Everest also promises a more refined experience thanks to revised suspension and Active Noise Cancellation, while tactile updates - with more soft-touch surfaces - aim to improve the cabin ambience along with a new ebony colour scheme. No pictures of the cabin have been released as yet.

Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection joins the list of optional gadgets, while Aussie models now keyless entry and start as well as Sync3 with Apple CarPlay as standard, while a powered tailgate is fitted from mid-range upwards.

Local specifications and prices will be announced nearer to launch - although Ford SA says it's too early to confirm timing. That said, with the revised Ranger set to go on sale here in 2019, the Everest surely won't trail too far behind.

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