Ford Everest Wildtrak variant confirmed for New Zealand 

Updated Jan 23, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It takes after its Ranger sibling with cosmetic and tech upgrades.  

The Ford Everest has another trim level on the way. This time, it takes a page from its Ranger platform sibling by unleashing its very own Wildtrak variant that is now coming to the New Zealand market.

Ford Everest Wildtrak
The third-generation Ford Everest will now offer a Wildtrak trim 

Changes on the new midsize SUV brings are largely cosmetic in nature, designed to give it a more striking appearance. An H-bar mounted on the front bumper gives the fascia a distinctive appearance, accompanied by fender moldings, vents, and mirror caps rendered in Bolder Grey.  

The same hue is used on the new 20-inch alloy wheels that sit at each corner of the Everest. Wildtrak logos are mounted on the hood, front doors, and tailgate so there will be no mistaking the latest Everest trim for anything else. The first-ever Wildtrak trim for the Everest will also sport the variant-exclusive Luxe Yellow body color for the first time.

Heading into the interior, occupants will find a cabin that lends a premium air, with upholstery done in ebony leather and Miko suede. Seats for the driver and front passenger feature 10-way and 8-way power adjustment respectively, with both thrones boasting the Wildtrak logos embroidered into the seat backs using Cyber Orange contrast stitching.   

Ford Everest Wildtrak 2It will come in an exclusive Luxe Yellow body color

Drivers benefit from a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, connectivity is handled by a vertical 12-inch touchscreen running Ford’s SYNC 4A infotainment powerhouse, patched to a 10-speaker sound system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with wireless charging. Power will come from a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that brings 247 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.  

But the Everest Wildtrak isn’t the only new offering as far as Ford’s midsize off-roader is concerned, as the Blue Oval brand also announced that the Everest Sport trim will also be offered with the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel mill rated at 207 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, aside from the more potent 3.0-liter power unit. In the Philippines, the Everest Sport comes with a 2.0-liter single turbo diesel under the hood.    

Ford Everest Sport

New Zealand will also get the Ford Everest Sport 2.0L bi-turbo (PH-spec model shown)

“The 2022 Everest set new standards for performance, comfort, and versatility in the seven-seat, mid-sized SUV segment,” said Ford Chief Program Engineer for Ranger and Everest David Grice. “Now, we’re giving customers all that, wrapped in an SUV that looks as comfortable pulling outside a hip hotel as it does on the trails.”

Ford will be making the Everest Wildtrak available in New Zealand showrooms by July 2023, with no confirmation yet on whether it will reach the Australian market. The Everest Sport 2.0L will come first by March 2023. Do you think it would be a good idea for Ford Philippines to expand its Everest lineup here with these two variants? 

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Know more about Ford Everest 2023

Ford Everest

The Ford Everest 2023 is a ladder-frame, rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, midsize, seven-seater SUV. In the Philippine market, this model has five different variants. The Trend 4x2 AT, Limited 4x2 AT, Sport 4x2 AT, Titanium+ 4x2 AT, and the Titanium+ 4x4 AT. Locally, its price ranges from Php 1,799,000 to Php 2,495,000.

Size-wise, the 2023 Everest is 4,904mm long, 2,201mmwide, and 1,884mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,900mm, and a ground clearance of 223mm.
Powering the all-new Everest are two engines. For the Titanium+ 4x4, it uses a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine four-banger capable of outputting 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. The rest meanwhile uses a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that can dish out 170 horsepower and 405 Nm of torque. Only the top-spec trim gets a 10-speed automatic gearbox paired with a 4x4 drivetrain. The rest then gets a 4x2 drivetrain and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Locally, the 2023 Ford Everest Philippines competes against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Nissan Terra, Isuzu mu-X, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, among others.

₱ 1,799,000 - ₱ 2,525,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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