You're probably sick of hearing it from us by now, but SUVs are hot worldwide. Most of the growth has been in the car-based crossover segment, but more rugged, truck-based SUVs have also found a receptive audience in many developing markets where the road infrastructure is often less than ideal. Following its debut in Australia for the down-under market and Asia-Pacific markets, Ford showed its Everest SUV "Concept" in Beijing as well. Ford has already announced the availability of the Kuga (Escape), Edge, and EcoSport B-segment SUV for the China market.
As we reported previously, the Everest is the heir-apparent to the Australian-built Ford Territory in that market following the closing of Ford’s manufacturing operations in Australia in 2016. The Territory has been sold in other Asian markets since 2003. It is expected to take much of its running gear from the T6 Ford Ranger and will also likely share the Ranger's production site in Rayong, Thailand.
In terms of powertrains, expect at least one diesel engine option, which would be either the 3.2-liter I-5 Duratorq turbodiesel or a 2.5-liter I-4. The production version of the Everest could also receive an EcoBoost gasoline engine by the time it reaches showrooms. As much as we'd love to see a proper full-frame, off-road seven-passenger SUV for the U.S. market, don't hold your breath for the Everest to come to the U.S., as it's too close in size and positioning to the current Ford Explorer.