Ford has applied the Raptor treatment to two successive versions of the F-150, and now to the smaller Ranger as well. What we’ve been really waiting for, though, is a Raptor SUV. And it hasn’t done one yet. But this could come close… in one part of the world, at least.
Down Under in Australia, Ford has shoehorned the powertrain from the Ranger Raptor into the Everest – a sport-ute that shares more than just its ladder-frame platform with the midsize pickup.
The engine in question is a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel that kicks out 210 horsepower (157 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. It transplants into the Everest together with the Ranger Raptor’s ten-speed automatic transmission. And that’s more muscle than the larger 3.2-liter Duratorq engine, with its single turbocharger, six-speed automatic, 192 hp (143 kW), and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque.
The smaller but more potent engine will be offered as an option on the Trend trim and standard on the Titanium. Other models will continue with the larger but weaker 3.2-liter engine. Unfortunately it doesn’t include the Raptor’s other off-road add-ons, and we don’t have performance stats to offer you. But then we’ve yet to see what the Ranger Raptor will do either.
What we do know is that Ford says the Everest with the EcoBlue twin-turbo diesel will tow up to 3,100 kg (6,834 lbs). And that’s a heck of a lot more than the 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) that the Explorer crossover offered in America can haul. In fact you’d have to step up to the larger Expedition to get that kind of brawn, with its 8,900-pound (4,037 kg) tow rating.