Forbidden fruit posts are some of the most popular material here at Truck Trend, so let us tease all our North American readers with one more tasty morsel: the Ford Everest Concept. The word "concept" usually defines one of two types of vehicles: One that's entirely imaginary and outlandish, and will probably never grace a showroom floor, or one that's a very thinly disguised preview of what will be showing up on dealer lots in about a year. This model is the latter.

The current (and future) Everest basically fills the role that the Explorer does in the North American market as a three-row, seven-passenger midsize SUV. Unlike the Explorer, which went to a unibody, car-based platform in 2011, the Everest will likely remain truck-based, sharing many mechanical components with the global T6 Ford Ranger. Few mechanical details about the concept were mentioned, other than "high ground clearance that indicates the vehicle's off-road potential." It's likely that the Everest will get either one or both of the Ranger's diesel engine options, a 2.5-liter I-4 or 3.2-liter I-5.

Ford's Australian design and product development team was involved in the Everest's creation, but ironically, the Everest will likely replace the Territory SUV in the Australian market after production ends at Ford's plant in Campbellfield, Victoria. The new Everest will likely be built at Ford's plant in Rayong, Thailand, where the current T6 Ranger is built.

Source: Ford