Check out the Ford Escape Raptor, the off-road SUV that Ford just has to make.
Before we get your hopes up, this isn’t a real thing. It’s a conceptual image made by Hungarian automotive artist X-Tomi Design, who specializes in taking average, everyday automobiles and turning them into something just a little bit more special with the power of imagination.
In this case, X-Tomi went with a version of the new 2020 Ford Escape that focused more on the great outdoors. Sure, Ford likes to show the Escape crossing rugged terrain in its advertising, but we all know that the Escape is hardly the off-road machine that it claims to be.
But this version takes all the features that make the Ford Raptor an off-road monster and packs it into a tiny SUV package. We present to you the Ford Escape Raptor.
We’re definitely noting the Raptor upgrades, including the redesigned front grille, the added skid plates, and the enormous off-road tires wrapped those itty-bitty wheel rims. The suspension is likely upgraded with a set of those Fox internal bypass dampers, and it’s probably even been lifted an inch or two.
The back end is dominated by the iconic Raptor graphic, while along the sides are a pair of rock rails. We doubt that vent over the front fender is for anything more than just for show, but it’s a nice Raptor-y touch.
The real question is what’s under the hood. Since this SUV’s platform is shared with the Ford Ranger, we suspect it’ll fit the 2.3-L EcoBoost engine, but which one? The Ford Focus ST has one with 276 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque that sounds appropriate, although slightly underpowered. The Focus RS gets 310 hp, which is getting there, but the real king is likely the 2.3-L EcoBoost found inside the new Mustang High Performance Package producing 330 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Or it might be the twin-turbo diesel from the international Ranger Raptor.
Of course, all this is just fantasy land. So far there’s been nothing from Ford to indicate they plan to expand the Raptor name into a true sub-brand. But we should point out that the upcoming Baby Bronco will share a platform with the Escape, and it’s an SUV that’s definitely being marketed as an off-road machine. Perhaps a Baby Bronco Raptor isn’t completely out the question.