Has the US been cheated (again)?
Just the other day we showed you the refreshed 2016 Ford Ranger. You know, the mid-size pickup truck pretty much every country in the world is offered except the US. And now the news for American SUV/truck enthusiast buyers is about to get even more depressing. Presenting the also refreshed 2016 Everest, an SUV based on the same platform as the global Ranger. Available in nine markets such as China, New Zealand, and India, this seven-seater has been designed and engineered specifically to handle off-road terrain.
This is not in any way a crossover. It’s a body-on-frame design with four-wheel-drive. Power comes from a new 2.0-liter twin-scroll four EcoBoost four or a 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel. There’s also the latest generation of the 2.2-liter diesel four. All engines can be paired to either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Compared to the previous Everest, not much has actually changed. The interior has been updated and the front-end has a more chiseled look. Official pricing hasn’t been released, but the Everest, like the Ranger, is meant to be affordable. Truly a shame this is forbidden fruit.