Think the new Ford Kuga range could do with a crazy off-road variant? Well, X-Tomi Design (who also recently imagined an ST variant) has rendered just that, giving the mid-size crossover the virtual Raptor treatment.
Based on the recently revealed third-generation Kuga, the rendered model gains all manner of bits and bobs from the Raptor versions of the F-150 and Ranger bakkies. Yes, X-Tomi Design has added a suspension lift kit, fat off-road tyres (wrapped round new alloys), black exterior cladding, fender vents, underbody protection and the obligatory decals.
So, what would Ford drop into the engine bay were it to actually build such a thing? Well, the Ranger Raptor uses a new 2,0-litre twin-turbo diesel unit (worth 157 kW and 500 N.m), although it’s doubtful the new Kuga’s underpinnings were developed to accommodate such an engine. The Blue Oval brand’s 2,3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (which offers a healthy 206 kW and 420 N.m in the latest Focus ST hot hatch) seems a better fit.
While a Kuga Raptor surely won’t ever see the light of day, Ford has made it clear it plans to offer an off-road model of a similar size in the near future, likely in the form of the long-rumoured Baby Bronco…
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