Ford Everest Gets The Ranger Raptor’s Twin-Turbo Diesel, 10-Speed Auto

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.

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    I guarantee you Ford will eventually sell that in the US a few years later and call it a mini-Bronco or something.

    • Jawohl

      Mini Bronco? This thing ain’t small

      • brn

        Bronco II

      • LWOAP

        It doesn’t have to be. Ford can just use it to replace the C-Max. After all, they’re reinventing the American Car according to Jim Hackett.

        • James Denz

          Could be.😜

    • Matt

      It’s widely known the Everest platform will underpin the new Bronco.

      • LWOAP

        Well in that case, this can just be the Bronco.

        • James Denz

          Completely wrong “look” for a Bronco.

      • TheHake

        We’re still in denial over that, ok?

    • HDS

      … Meet the new Ford Taurus – Hey, if the Eclipse is now a crossover anything is possible.

      • Dennis Scipio

        it’s called the Eclipse Cross not the Eclipse, moving on.

  • Hot Twink

    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.

    Just FYI, the 2018 Expedition is SAE J2807 certified to tow 9,300 lbs (4,218 kgs) of trailer.

  • danno

    Up the turbo pressure and more power… easy peasy. Long term reliability, well it will get you past warranty.

  • DantesLegions

    Is that a typo?… M
    y little fiat abarth Venom kicks out 210 hp.

    • Matt

      … with half the torque. Diesels by their nature don’t produce big HP.

    • brn

      210hp from a 2.0L anything is decent. As Matt states, 370 ft/lb of torque from a 2.0L will only happen with a diesel. That’s more than twice the torque of the Abarath Venom, and at a much lower rpm.