According to a report from sources close to the company, the future generation of the Ford Ranger Raptor will once again have the radical and spectacular Ranger Raptor variant, although this will not be a single version again, but will be available with several mechanics and in more markets, including the North American for the first time.
An Australian press report has uncovered important news about the new generation of the Ford Ranger Raptor. This version will be available again with the next generation of Ford’s mid-size pick-up, although it will have important changes compared to the global version that we know today.
This new report points to internal sources of the company, which assure that the model will no longer be the current single version to be available with different mechanics and also, in more markets than before. Currently, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a noticeably modified version of the pick-up that is only available with a mechanical option, a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel 4-cylinder block that delivers 210 hp (213 hp) and 500 Nm of maximum torque…
The model is available in a large number of markets, from Europe to Asia and Oceania, but it has not yet been launched in North America, despite the existence of reports and indications that it would also reach the other side of the Atlantic. With this new information, the new generation of the Ranger Raptor will be available with various mechanical options, depending on the market it is aimed at. Including the incorporation of new 6-cylinder engines, both gasoline, and diesel.
The next generation of the Ford Ranger Raptor, which is already being developed, will increase its price but also its technological equipment and its finishes. In markets such as Europe, it will continue to have the 2.0-liter supercharged diesel engine, but in markets such as Australia, it will also add the new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke diesel to its offer, with about 258 hp and 600 Nm of maximum torque. In contrast, the new Ford Ranger Raptor destined for the North American market will not use any of these engines, but the new generation of Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost gasoline V6, which delivers 330 hp.
The version intended for the US market was advanced by a series of applications and sketches that were submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In those sketches, a version of the current Ranger Raptor with specific modifications for the USA was appreciated, such as a sliding rear window that is not available in any other market.
However, despite this evidences and the sighting of several prototypes of the Ranger Raptor on American soil, the company finally decided not to launch this version in North America. Shortly afterward, reports appeared that assured that the new generation of the Ranger was already being developed in Australia and that this will include a new Raptor version, which will now be available to American and Canadian customers.
These indications are now reinforced by the new report from the Australian press, who have revealed a screenshot of what appears to be a Ford database showing the specifications of a prototype of the Ford Ranger equipped with the aforementioned engine. 2.7-liter V6 Nano EcoBoost. A configuration that is not currently available in any market and that would hardly have a place outside of North America.
- Source: CarExpert