Ford Everest Raptor Rendered, But Timberline Might Arrive Sooner
Shortly After Ford unveiled the third-generation Everest, people began to wonder whether there would be a spicy Raptor flavor this time around. A representative for the Blue Oval said it doesn’t have such plans for the time being, but it could have a change of heart should there be enough demand for a go-faster version. In the meantime, it would appear the Dearborn-based company could still expand the lineup with a watered-down derivative of the Raptor.
Merely four days before unveiling the new Everest, Ford filed to trademark the word “Timberline” with IP Australia. In case the moniker doesn’t ring a bell, it was inaugurated last year as a suffix for adventurous variants of the Explorer and Expedition. In a tweet from May 2021, Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine announced there would be a series of Timberline-badged SUVs.
While the Ranger-based SUV is not coming to the United States, that’s not stopping Ford from slapping the Timberline badge on the Everest where the family off-roader is being sold. As a refresher, both the Explorer and Expedition models we mentioned benefit from a jacked-up suspension to improve ground clearance. The former has a single-speed transfer case and a Torsen limited-slip differential while the latter is fitted with a two-speed case and a ControlTrac LSD.
These Timberline versions are far from being Raptors, but do deliver extra off-road performance compared to the lesser trim levels. The Everest Timberline could happen Down Under since the trademark filed by Ford Australia with the local IP bureau is for “Vehicles,