Could a Raptor-fied Expedition Be in the Works?

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With the success of the F-150 Raptor and a possible Ranger Raptor on the horizon, will Ford look to add an SUV to the off-road family?

When you’ve got a hit on your hands, you ride that wave of success as far as it will take you. It’s safe to say that both generations of the F-150 Raptor has proven to be an unmitigated success story. With trucks in general selling like hot cakes, Ford has also decided to bring the mid-size Ranger and the Bronco back to the U.S.

In addition, we recently learned that Ford might expand the Raptor brand and create a Ranger version, which would make a ton of sense given the success of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

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If people keep buying every single Raptor they can get their hands on, why not make more? Why not turn the name synonymous with off-road performance into a brand that signifies just that? After all, our obsession with lifted performance trucks is only growing, and rolling into a local dealership to buy one with a warranty has proven irresistible thus far.

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It’s probably safe to assume that the Bronco will serve as a popular mid-size SUV off-road platform. But what about the folks who want/need a full-size SUV, yet still want to have a little fun off-road? Enter the Expedition. By building an Expedition Raptor, Ford would be offering a product that no one else does! With the recent announcement of the FX4 package as an option for the new Expedition, it makes sense as a more hardcore offering.

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Ford has even admitted that a full 20 percent of Expedition buyers already use their SUVs off-road. That figure will only grow with the availability of the FX4 package, and it could increase even more with an Expedition Raptor. Building one would be a snap as well. Ford already has the basics in place, and it already comes with the lower performance version of the F-150’s 3.5-liter Ecoboost.

So what are you waiting for, Ford? Let’s turn this Raptor obsession into a family affair.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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