EVEREST RAPTOR

THE NEW EVEREST ALREADY USES THE RAPTOR ENGINE, SO WHY STOP THERE?

WORDS MATT RAUDONIKIS

SO THE Everest now has the Ranger Raptorís powertrain and, as both Ford vehicles are built on the same platform, a Raptor version of the wagon from Ford Performance should be a sure thingÖ right? I mean, the Raptor even stole the Everestís multi-link coil rear suspension, so itís halfway there.

If a Ford representative we spoke to at the 2019 Everest launch is to be believed, then donít hold your breath for such a vehicle arriving anytime soon.

He told us there are no such plans for such a Baja-inspired wagon.

Looking at the two latest additions to Ford Australiaís off-road arsenal, it might seem as simple as bolting the Raptorís wide-body front end, big wheels with BFG tyres and the bespoke Fox suspension to the wagon, and Robby Gordonís your uncleÖ itís not that simple.

The Raptor has a wider wheel track front and rear, so as well as the front end youíd need to replace the rear axle. And pumping out the rear quarters to cover the 35-inch AT tyres is not as simple on a fivedoor wagon as it is on a dual-cab ute.

Sure, you could bolt on a set of Fox or similar top-shelf shocks, as well as some big rims and rubber with a set of flares to cover them.

However, such home handiwork will never have the same level of engineering and development as the factory Ford Performance offering would.

Weíre sure it wonít be long before someone does it, or the aftermarket starts producing full Raptor-style front sheetmetal kits for both Ranger and Everest. Just look at how the Raptor-style grilles took off.