Ford selected not to promote the Ranger Raptor (pictured) within the United States as a result of it determined American motorists searching for a fast truck using on a Baja-ready suspension can take dwelling an F-150. It has modified its thoughts, in accordance to a latest report, and it is getting ready an America-bound variant of the following child Raptor tentatively due out in 2021.
Engineers are presently growing the pickup, which shall be twinned with the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. It’s being designed with the American market in thoughts from the get-go. As we have beforehand reported, the truth that we confirmed there are North American staff engaged on the truck suggests it is coming right here.
Australian web site CarExpert posted a screenshot of what appears like a Raptor check mule’s construct sheet. The VIN displayed on the display screen corresponds to a 2021 Ranger (so a 2022 mannequin within the United States) powered by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that spins the 4 wheels through a 10-speed automated transmission. Although the six’s output is not listed, the publication believes Ford will use two turbochargers to dial in 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. In comparability, the present Ranger’s 2.3-liter turbo 4 makes 270 horses and 310 pound-feet of twist, whereas Hennessey’s limited-edition VelociRaptor will increase these numbers to 360 and 440, respectively.
Elsewhere, the Raptor will get both a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Ford is not opposed to the concept of placing an oil burner in a pickup, because the 14th-generation F-150 will once more be out there with a turbodiesel V6, however nothing suggests our model of the Raptor will provide something however a gasoline-powered engine.
Like the F-150, the Ranger Raptor will obtain an extended checklist of desert-taming modifications resembling a Fox suspension, greater tires, skid plates, and a stronger body. Expect an extended checklist of visible adjustments inside and outside (together with a model-specific front-end design and further plastic cladding) to additional set it aside from the usual truck.
Ford is conserving its lips sealed when it comes to the next-generation Ranger, so it is nowhere close to prepared to discuss whether or not a Raptor mannequin will lastly be a part of the vary. We hear the truck will make its international debut in 2021, and it’ll arrive in showrooms as a 2022 mannequin, so we should always study extra about it within the coming months. And whereas the brand new F-150 will once more spawn a Raptor model, Ford is once more making lovers wait to study extra about it as effectively.