Prototype May Hint at Upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor

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We already know the Ford Ranger will return to the U.S., but new spy shots could indicate the eventual arrival of an off-road oriented Ranger Raptor model as well.

The photos show a right-hand drive Ranger mule, evidence the vehicle was originally intended for a market such as Australia or Thailand before Ford brought it stateside for testing purposes. It appears the truck has been adorned with numerous off-road components including knobby tires, beefed up control arms and a heightened front bumper – parts similar to those that make the F-150 Raptor so well-loved by truck enthusiasts.

Ford would be smart to roll out an off-road version of the Ranger when the pickup arrives in 2019. The Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are both offered in off-road focused format and with Jeep preparing a mid-size pickup offering, it seems just about every mid-size truck on sale will place some emphasis on off-road capability.

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What will power Ford’s beefed-up Ranger is anybody’s guess. Its 245 horsepower 2.0-liter would be plenty powerful in the standard version of the pickup, but for this potential Ranger variant, we could see something a bit more muscular being used. Its 2.3-liter four-cylinder may be a good fit, which makes up to 350 horsepower in cars like the Focus RS, though its 350 horsepower 2.7-liter V6 would also be appropriate.

We’ll have more details on Ford’s upcoming off-road focused Raptor as its 2019 launch date nears.

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  • Cody Loerts

    “We already know the Ford Raptor will return to the U.S.,” Ranger, the Ranger is returning.

  • larryc

    why the “big is better” philosophy? bring back a basic 80’s grocery getter & it maybe a seller.when an import jumps on the wagon with one THEN top brass will see the light,slow change as usual in Dearborn or maybe its the board who’s lost its direction.gas$$$ will go up again,just a matter of time.

  • 01284161

    Hopefully the US version of the four door Ranger doesn’t get screwed-up for the US market. It’s proven to be a huge winner in Australia, Mexico and many other locations in the Americas and the rest of the world. I believe it’s the best handling truck I’ve ever driven and I have a 2016 F-150 XLT and have had many SUV’s and trucks through the years. I have the 2.2 diesel and it’s a fine engine with plenty of power and superb handling at high speed, better than the F-150. I have the base model Ranger and the F-150 is more luxurious, I would prefer the Ranger with some of the similar F-150 upgrades including the power seat.