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Ford Expedition Raptor Prototype Potentially Spotted Testing

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.

We’ll have more on this potential model soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Expedition news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Smitty

    I say Let Her Rip Tater Chip!! If not the Raptor…. Maybe the Expedition Tremor??

  2. David Dickinson II

    That’s not very eco-friendly. And I love it!

    1. RWFA

      Figures that’s what would float your creaky boat.

      1. David Dickinson II

        Faster than McQueen’s speeding Bullitt, more powerful than a GE 132-ton Centercab Locomotive, its Super Grocery Getter!

  3. Metz

    This doesn’t really have a Raptor look to it right now, so I’m hoping if it is that this is just a cover up.

  4. Michael K

    This looks like an old prototype, you can see the remnants of the old vinyl camouflage that has been peeled off. It also looks quite weathered, definitely not a fresh prototype. So I’m guessing this was part of the development fleet for the 2022 redesign. Expedition is due for a total redesign in just 2-3 years so I would be surprised if we get a Raptor before that.

  5. N

    Why? Why is money being wasted on this? This could go towards a new Edge for NA, or towards quality control. This style of Expedition has no place in the market. So why?

    1. RWFA

      “No place in the market”, please elaborate.

  6. Bruce Jr

    If this is a Tremor, sure… let it ride. Ford doesn’t sell enough regular Expeditions to warrant a Raptor imo

  7. Tony

    Can we please see a high-performance Lincoln Navigator LSV version please. Notice that I updated the Mark8 LSC to fit SUV by calling it LSV. If only. Maybe sales will go higher than they are now. Imagine that. Giving us something we want, and we actually want to buy the vehicle! Come on Farley. Step up Lincoln. Wake the sleeping corpse brand.

  8. Mike says...

    I like it… but what a strange business decision. There must be some very serious coin in the ‘profit’ column because it will never be a volume product. It will be a parking lot poser for the most part… can’t imagine seeing one in the rough doing what it is capable off. It does show the opposite direction being taken when compared to GM…..

    1. RWFA

      Ever consider how much money Nike makes on Air Jordans that never touch a BB court?

  9. James

    Call me when it is a Raptor_R expedition is to fast for the Ecoboost. Needs a V8.

    1. rapturd

      Im waiting for a lincoln navigatoRaptor

  10. AJ Nunez

    The current Ford Expedition will never be as good as it’s first success 97-02 without a V8 option Ford went down hill and many v8 Purist had to opt for a Escalade Tahoe Yukon or even Durango


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