Last week, Ford Authority exclusively reported that The Blue Oval is considering a more off-road capable version of the Ford Expedition, one that would slot in the big SUV’s lineup ahead of the existing Timberline, which debuted for the 2022 model year. Perhaps even more interestingly, this product could end up coming to market as the Ford Expedition Raptor – adding yet another high-performance off-roader to the automaker’s existing lineup. Now, Ford Authority has spotted a possible Ford Expedition Raptor prototype out testing, adding fuel to this proverbial fire.
The dead giveaway here are the wheels and tires that this potential Ford Expedition Raptor prototype is riding on – these wheels are essentially identical to the standard, non-beadlock capable units present on the current Ford F-150 Raptor, which are wrapped with some pretty massive tires – larger than the 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler A/Ts utilized on the Expedition Timberline.
Speaking of the Timberline, that appears to form the basis for this prototype, given its unique front and rear end styling, along with the presence of a Timberline badge on the tailgate. Interestingly, however, the hood and running boards are wrapped in camp, while there’s also chrome trim present on the tailgate as well, which isn’t usually featured on this particular model.
It’s unclear if this upcoming variant will indeed be called the Ford Expedition Raptor, nor if it will come equipped with the same hardcore hardware as other Blue Oval models that bear that nameplate. However, given the success that Ford has enjoyed with its range of Raptor high-performance off-road models, applying the same formula to the Expedition makes a ton of sense. Even so, the final product – if approved – could end up wearing a different name altogether.
In the meantime, the Expedition Timberline is the off-road enthusiast’s model of choice, pairing unique styling details with a wider track, 10.6 inches of ground clearance, unique wheels, underbody shielding borrowed from the F-150 Raptor, Trail Turn Assist, and the aforementioned 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler A/T tires. Its high-output version of the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost generates 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, which is slightly less than the F-150 Raptor’s 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet.