The new generation Ford Ranger is already in the works and will be a global player. A report from a few weeks ago has updated preliminary information about the completely overhauled truck, including the availability of a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, and we now also have early information on the Ranger Raptor.
Our friends from CarExpert have obtained a document, which seems to confirm that the new hardcore Ranger will be powered by a V6 engine in the United States. Specifically, it should be a reworked version of Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive with a selectable low-end mode. Peak power is expected to reach 325 horsepower (242 kilowatts) and 400 pound-feet (542 Newton meters) of torque.
Outside of North America, Australia, Asia and probably Europe, the new Ranger Raptor will have the choice between two diesel engines. The base engine will be a new 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine with 210 hp (157 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. In some markets, a larger 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine borrowed from the F-150 should also be available with 255 hp (190 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm). The two compression ignition engines will be linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission with different all-wheel drive configurations – adaptive all-wheel drive for 2.0 diesel and permanent all-wheel drive for version 3.0.
Our source also says that we should expect the next generation Ranger Raptor to move slightly upscale with a better cabin, more technology and a higher price. As previously reported, the non-Raptor Ranger will also receive significant improvements, including a brand new plug-in powertrain with a 2.3-liter turbo engine supported by a 362 hp (270 kW) and 502 lb- electric motor. ft (680 Nm) of torque, as well as Ford’s SYNC4 infotainment system.
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CarExpert’s renderings of the new Ranger Raptor are illustrated in the gallery above.