One of the most desirable pickups in the market today is the Ford Ranger Raptor. It’s a legit off-road truck with the hardware to back up its aggressive styling. Owing to its popularity, we at Top Gear PH wondered what the Everest SUV would look like if it were given the same Raptor treatment as its pickup sibling.
Up front, it gets the full Raptor treatment, with the exclusive grille boasting frame-mounted bumpers and ‘Ford’ in block letters. On the sides, it gets blistered front and rear fenders with wheel-arch extensions that help contain the wider tracks and the huge 33-inch-diameter 285/70 R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. At the bottom are rugged step boards that also deflect rocks thrown up against the bodywork. The rear end features a unique two-piece rear bumper, an upper body-colored section, and a sturdy frame-mounted lower section.
Our Everest Raptor would need to have the Raptor levels of capability, so we gave it a reinforced ladder frame that gets some unique stampings as well as extra welds. Its beefed-up long-travel suspension is similar to the Ranger Raptor’s, and also has 2.5-inch FOX Racing Shox on both ends. The spring rates and the rear-suspension geometry have been altered slightly to match the vehicle’s different weight distribution and packaging. Protective shielding is standard, including the 2.3mm-thick front steel bash plate. Also standard are dual recovery hooks located below the front and rear bumpers.
Under the hood is the American carmaker’s new 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel mill, but to spice things up, we chose the 235hp version like the one found in the Euro-spec S-Max and Edge ST-Line. For other markets, there’s the 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost gasoline V6 that pumps out 335hp and 515Nm of torque. Both powerplants are paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Like its pickup sibling, our Everest Raptor comes with the same Terrain Management System that features six driving modes, including Baja mode.
Inside, it gets unique sports seats and interior trim with the Ford Performance blue stitching, a model-specific gauge cluster, a sports steering wheel with a center mark strip, and magnesium paddle shifters. As for pricing, our Everest Raptor would cost approximately P275,000 more than the Titanium+ 4WD variant.
So, why hasn’t Ford built an Everest Raptor? Only the carmaker’s executives will know the true answer, but some speculate it’s because of the soon-to-be-revealed Wrangler-rivaling 2021 Bronco. We think, however, the upcoming Bronco and Everest Raptor can coexists in this world. Would you consider an Everest Raptor if Ford built it? Please leave us a comment and let us know what you think.