Confirmed for production earlier this month, the Everest will be built in Thailand alongside its Ranger platform mate.
And while the final showroom model has yet to be revealed, an Australian debut for the Everest is set for sometime in 2015.
"Created by Ford’s regional design and product development team in Australia, the Ford Everest Concept is the latest proof point of Ford’s regional design and engineering capabilities, as it creates world-class vehicles for markets in Asia Pacific and around the world," the company said in a statement.
The Everest’s production green light also marks a turning point for Ford Australia. While the company’s local manufacturing operations will end in 2016, its engineering and design operation is to be retained and expanded.
Those teams are expected to contribute to the development of future Ford models, both for global and local application.
Promoting the carmaker’s Australian goals earlier this month, local Ford boss Bob Graziano spoke of plans to become the country’s largest auto employer by 2018.
“[It is] something we take great pride in, considering this will include about 1500 highly skilled employees across professions such as engineering and design,” Graziano said.
But, unlike many of its pickup-based competitors, the Everest has been given its own unique styling. Ford promises it will share less in common with the Ranger than rivals do with their donor models.
It is known that the Everest will get the Ranger’s 3.2 litre five-cylinder engine, although Ford says it is working to make the powertrain more refined for the family-focused 4WD wagon.
When it comes to Australia, the Everest will sit above the Territory’s replacement - expected to be the new Edge SUV - rather than replace it.
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