The 2023 Ford Everest will get the “Lion” V6 engine
JThe 2023 Ford Everest will offer a turbo-diesel V6 for the first time in nameplate history, and while Ford Australia has yet to reveal all the details, here’s what we know so far.
The new 3.0-litre V6 will be available in both the Ranger and Everest and is from the same ‘Lion’ family as the 2.7-litre turbodiesel that many Aussies will know from 2011-16 Ford territory.
Developed with PSA and JLR and used in a variety of models, including the F-150, in the 2023 Everest it will sit above the twin-turbo 2.0-litre ‘Panther’ as a new option for high-end engine.
This means the twin-turbo will take over the role of the Puma 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel as the standard Everest engine, the five-cylinder was eventually dropped from the Everest and Ranger with the arrival of the new models.
The low-spec Everest in overseas markets will also use a single-turbo version of the 2.0-litre Panther, seen here in the Ford Transit and upcoming entry-level Ranger, and although Ford is yet to confirm Australian details, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to buy an Everest with the 2.0L mono-turbo here.
Confirmed as the Everest’s flagship powerplant since its launch in Australia, the 2993cc V6 is an intercooled common-rail turbodiesel with a 60-degree layout, iron-graphene block and dual overhead cams.
Will likely come from Dagenham, UK in the US F-series that the powertrain has previously included; variable geometry turbocharger, two-stage oil pump and forged crankshaft – all of this remains to be confirmed for the 2023 Everest and Ranger, which will also use it.
Power and torque are also still under wraps, but in the 2018 F-Series the 3.0-liter “Power Stroke” developed 240 hp (186 kW) and 440 lb-ft (597 Nm) from 1750 rpm. . It’s developed even higher numbers in other products, but those numbers easily eclipse the Everest’s current 157kW/500Nm twin-turbo and 3.2L’s 143kW/470Nm.
After Ranger and Bronco, the V6 will use a new 10-speed automatic transmission, codenamed 10R60, in place of the current model’s 10R80, both of which were co-developed with General Motors.
Combined with the new V6, which Ford claims is a heavier engine than the twin-turbo, fuel economy may be slightly worse – as the Everest faces a marginal weight increase over the range of current weight of 2283-2477 kilograms of Everest. The Platinum flagship’s new, larger 21-inch wheels, for example, will also add mass.
“The V6 is definitely heavier, it’s a bigger engine,” said platform manager Ian Foston. “If you look at the set where we ended up, it’s [kerb weight] not so different from today, but there is a lot more content everywhere. So the question is how do you do this without making it heavier?
“We’ve made a lot of improvements, the frame is a lot lighter than it was before – the hydroformed front structure also helps, we’ve removed a lot of sheet metal at the front – so what we’ve been trying to do is to optimize the weight as much as possible.
The 2023 Ford Everest is expected to go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2022, with pricing and additional details yet to be announced.