Just months after the new Ford Ranger got here on dealer lots, Ford Motor Co. is already testing a high-performance variation of the future truck that will change it.
Photographers found the Ranger Raptor, anticipated to arrive as a 2022 model on the next-generation Ranger platform, testing on public roads in Detroit this week.
Though it wears bodywork similar to the present truck’s, the vehicle appears to be a future model based upon the camouflaged interior and rear suspension. It likewise released exhaust noise from a gasoline-powered V6, not the turbodiesel powertrain utilized by present Ranger Raptors available in worldwide markets.
Ford fans have sought a Raptor version of the Ranger because the midsize pickup debuted at the Detroit auto show in 2018. They visualize a rugged and powerful truck in the vein of the full-size F-150 Raptor.
The Ranger Raptor spotted in Detroit seems to fit the mold. It features double exhaust, large fenders and meaty BF Goodrich all-terrain tires for chewing up sand, mud, and dirt.
Those changes would take the Ranger Raptor an action above the Ranger FX4, presently the most off-road- capable Ranger offered. The Ranger FX4 has single exhaust, smaller sized fenders, and Hankook Dynapro all-terrain tires.
The Ranger Raptor could likewise get important upgrades under the hood. All current Rangers feature a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine making 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
One possible engine for the Raptor might be a version of Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Presently offered in the larger F-150, the V6 makes 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque.
The prototype likewise has comparable front styling to the upcoming Bronco SUV that remains in testing also. The two vehicles might share comparable underpinnings.
The return of the Ford Ranger coincides with quick growth in the midsize truck market. Through the first three months of 2019, sales in the segment reached 135,338 units, a 13.1-percent increase compared to the 119,681 offered throughout the same period last year.
At the top of the spectrum, automakers are progressively presenting new off-road versions of their trucks. Toyota has the Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevrolet has the ZR2 Bison and Jeep has the Gladiator Rubicon. The Ranger Raptor will need to compete with all three for lover sales.