Ford's other Ranger-based SUV receives cool new accessories.
Aside from the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco, there's another SUV within the Blue Oval's global lineup that also shares the Ranger mid-size truck's platform, the Ford Everest. As most know, the Everest is sold in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Australia and New Zealand. The nameplate itself has been around since 2003 and the second-generation model, launched in 2015, remains on sale.
And now, for the second year in a row, Ford Australia is offering the Everest BaseCamp special edition, consisting of numerous accessories aimed specifically at outdoor enthusiasts. Based on the Everest Trend trim, the BaseCamp is available only with four-wheel drive and a choice of two diesel engines: the twin-turbo 2.0-liter with 210 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.2-liter inline-five rated 192 hp and 347 lb-ft of twist.
A 10-speed automatic transmission is paired to the turbo-four while a six-speed slushbox is for the former engine. Accessories-wise, the BaseCamp is packed with off-road-ready goodness such as a snorkel, a nudge bar with a built-in LED light bar, a tow bar, roof rack, and 'BaseCamp' badging on the front doors. There are also some grey exterior accents.
Pricing begins at $64,990 AUD (around $47,000 USD) for the base-level inline-five oil burner model while the twin-turbo four kicks off at just over $66,490 ($48,000).
This may sound kind of expensive even when converted to American dollars, but Ford Australia points out the $2,000 AUD ($1,450) increase over the regular Everest Trend is quite a bargain considering the added BaseCamp accessories are worth $6,000 AUD ($4,350).
Also for the new model year, the Everest Trend and Titanium trims receive a few exterior styling tweaks of their own, such as a grey mesh grille with chrome trim. Ford has long ruled out any possibility for the Everest to make its way to North America, and now that the Bronco is here, there's definitely no longer any need, let alone demand.