LAT­EST NEWS FROM THE 4X4 WORLD

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

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SO THE Ever­est now has the Ranger Rap­tor’s 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 thing… right? I mean, the Rap­tor even stole the Ever­est’s multi-link coil rear sus­pen­sion, so it’s half­way there.

If a Ford rep­re­sen­ta­tive we spoke to at the 2019 Ever­est launch is to be be­lieved, then don’t 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 Aus­tralia’s off-road arse­nal, it might seem as sim­ple as bolt­ing the Rap­tor’s wide-body front end, big wheels with BFG tyres and the be­spoke Fox sus­pen­sion to the wagon, and Robby Gor­don’s your un­cle… it’s not that sim­ple.

The Rap­tor has a wider wheel track front and rear, so as well as the front end you’d 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.

We’re sure it won’t 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.

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