FORD’S new Everest Sport sits in the line-up between the mid-spec Trend and the top-spec Titanium, and it can be had with either Ford’s 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and six-speed auto, or the high-tech 2.0-litre twin-turbodiesel engine with 10-speed auto.

The Sport is visually distinguished by a blacked-out mesh front grille with ‘Everest’ lettering. The black treatment doesn’t stop there; the Sport scores black lower bumper sections front and rear, black exterior mirrors, black window surrounds and black roof rails, along with, of course, black 20-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the Everest Sport features Raceway Blue door pulls and treatments, and leather-accented first- and second-row seats. The front seats have ‘Sport’ embossed logos and unique Capital Blue stitching, and there’s also a unique soft-touch dash pad, also with Capital Blue stitching.

It benefits from other MY2020 Everest upgrades, which include the addition of a USB port on the dash. The Everest Trend, Sport and Titanium grades also get a new high-performance lighting system with bi-LED headlights. The Everest Sport grade is equipped with SYNC3 with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and the built-in sat-nav system comes with complimentary map updates and a ‘breadcrumbs’ feature to map off-road routes as they happen for safe return and mapping records.

The Sport 4WD 3.2L costs $62,990, while the Sport 4WD 2.0L is listed at $63,790. Options are limited to a tow bar ($1000) and prestige paint ($650).