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Up Next Is Likely An Expedition Raptor

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Off Grid Concept Overland Expo East Tremor Raptor SUV
Image via Ford

Ford Motor Company this week announced major changes to how it will share its financial reporting, as well has how it will steer its EV business, Ford Model e, to profitability after losing $2.1 billion on EVs in 2022 alone. At face value, there would appear to be absolutely nothing in this for enthusiasts of the Mustang, the F-150, or SUVs like the Bronco – which are all part of the company’s profitable ICE division, also known as Ford Blue. While that’s mostly true, there was a big indicator on what sort of exciting future product Ford Blue will come out with next. And it’s likely to be the expansion of both the Tremor and Raptor variants, according to company CFO John Lawler. This is likely to mean something like a Ford Expedition Raptor, or Ford Expedition Tremor. The USA also awaits the launch of the new Ranger pickup truck, which is also expected to offer Tremor and Raptor variants.

“Ford Blue, when you look at that, we still think it’s a growth business… we’ve pared out the unprofitable vehicles. We now have our core iconic vehicles,” said Ford Motor Company CFO John Lawler while answering a question from Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney. “We see growth in there through derivative strategies. We’ve got Raptors, we’ve got Tremors, etc. and there’s a lot more to come in that space. Low capital investment, very good margins, so that’s the play for us in Blue.”

2022 2023 2024 Ford Expedition Timberline SUV
The Ford Expedition Timberline. Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Curious spy photos of Ford Expedition prototypes depicting a taller ride height, bigger off-road tires, and a widened stance has set the rumor mill abuzz. And these remarks from the Ford CFO seem to all but confirm that the Tremor and Raptor nameplates are headed to the brand’s largest SUV, which shares lots of commonality with the F-150 pickup truck already.

At the moment, the most off-road capable Ford Expedition is the Timberline (pictured: above), but a future product hint may have been given in the Expedition Timberline Off Grid Concept (pictured: top, bottom) that was built for the 2021 Overland Expo East show.

Lawler also said that we won’t see a “proliferation of nameplates” and that Ford will play in spaces where they can offer a “differentiated and unique product.” Indeed, a Ford Expedition Raptor, or even a Tremor, would be such a product. There really isn’t another three-row full-size SUV that would match up with it directly, save for the Toyota Land Cruiser. Except Toyota discontinued the vehicle here in the States, selling the new “J300” Land Cruiser in select markets like Kuwait, the UAE and Australia.

This means that the large off-road SUV segment in the land where we love SUVs the most is ripe for the taking, and Ford – building its reputation as a phenomenal off-road brand – seems to know this. That’s unless Jeep has anything to say about it with the Wagoneer, or if Chevrolet wants to do more with the Tahoe Z71.

Ford Expedition Timberline Raptor Tremor

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Off Grid Concept Overland Expo East Tremor Raptor SUV 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Off Grid Concept Overland Expo East Tremor Raptor SUV

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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