2020 Ford Ranger Raptor: Spied

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Although there is still no official announcement about a Ranger Raptor for the U.S., we suspect Ford would not be testing it here unless the company thought it made sense. Our spy photographers recently caught one testing on the streets in Dearborn, Mich., during a spring snowstorm, lending credence to that assumption.

No doubt the Ford Ranger Raptor will expand into global markets it's never known as the mid-size off-roader gains popularity in Australia, South America and Africa. If it debuts here in the U.S., we don't think it will take long for it to impact sales of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, its two top-tier direct competitors. The test Raptor seen in these photos lacked camouflage, showing off its good looks. Additionally, we thought you might also want to see what the WildTrak package (quite popular in Australia) will look like, as our spy shooters caught it running around uncamo'd as well (see bottom photos). Here's what they sent about the Raptor:

"Although this production-spec Ford Ranger Raptor was caught in right-hand-drive guise, seeing it testing stateside gives renewed hope for those patiently waiting for confirmation from Ford. This truck features a never-before-seen graphics package and the engine seemed to omit that all-too-familiar diesel clang heard on earlier prototypes.

"The Ranger Raptor made its official debut in Bangkok, Thailand, in February. Upon debut, Ford confirmed that it would be equipped (for global models) with an all-new twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel good for 211 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque while mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

"The 2019 Ranger FX4 debuted in the U.S. with a version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost used in the Mustang and Lincoln MKC paired to a 10-speed automatic, although engine options for the Ranger Raptor would more likely consist of a version of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, found in the F-150, and (fingers crossed) the new twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel.

"We wouldn't be surprised if the U.S.-spec Ranger Raptor made an official debut later this year."

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Comments

I hope this Raptor has the 2.3 turbo engine and really rips! I remember guys on this site's comments pages who said the 2.3 was too wimpy for a Ranger (much less, a Raptor).

We can only hope!

Slam the 5.0L in it and call it a Walker Texas Ranger!!
Chuck Norris would be proud!

Rator trim looks good, that wildtrax looks horrible, like first gen Honda truck bad. And is that leaf springs under the raptor?

Rear suspension is a multi link with coils.
That cab extender is horrible!!!
Love the Raptor version, hopefully with the 2.7 EB. The diesel would be sweet. I think this will sell.

At $60K , NO THANKS

I think the 2.3EB could squeeze out 350hp for a Ranger Raptor, rather than integrating a whole different engine. Then again, if different engines are planned for the Bronco, part of that job is already paid for. Even in standard form, I'd expect the 2.3 EB/10speed to out-do the current competition.

Can you say CRAPTOR?
yes

Why is that rear-end so high up and why lower rear shock mounts hang so low and away from wheels?

That is nice, with this and the Bronco, it sure is AWESOME.

Why is that rear-end so high up and why lower rear shock mounts hang so low and away from wheels?


Posted by: oxi | Apr 12, 2018 10:02:09 AM

For those jumps!!!!

Well hopefully it perform with the ZR2. Maybe it will
push GM to put the bullet proof 4.3L in it!!!

BTW..motor trend just did comparison between ZR2 and Ram Power Wagon and the ZR2 was victorious!!!

Why is that rear-end so high up and why lower rear shock mounts hang so low and away from wheels?

Posted by: oxi | Apr 12, 2018 10:02:09 AM

ONCE YOU PUT 100 LBS IN THE BOX IT WILL SIT LEVEL.

Those WildTrak pictures do not look like the other Ranger pics for the US. It has a front plastic shroud instead of a real bumper, giving it more of an SUV appearance. Ford's been advertising the new Ranger as having a full steel bumper which gives it a truck look, and separates it from the competition.

I think it looks ugly, but GM is scared about this truck for sure, heck they are even talking about eliminating reporting on monthly sales.

-CT

I think it looks ugly, but GM is scared about this truck for sure, heck they are even talking about eliminating reporting on monthly sales.

-CT


Posted by: crunchtime | Apr 12, 2018 11:02:36 AM

They already did. We won't sales any GM Sales until June.

Something about trying to make their portfolio look better for investors. Sounds more like a far cry for help. Seems like bad mgmt. But oh well.

No official announcement and it's running without camo? Sounds strange.

Yeah baby all the GARBAGE MOTORS FANS ARE SCARED OF THE LITTLE RAPTOR RANGERS WHY? BECAUSE THIER BELOVED ZR2 IS GONNA GO DOWN THE DRAIN IS SALES JUST WAIT AND SEE.

Yeah baby all the GARBAGE MOTORS FANS ARE SCARED OF THE LITTLE RAPTOR RANGERS WHY? BECAUSE THIER BELOVED ZR2 IS GONNA GO DOWN THE DRAIN IS SALES JUST WAIT AND SEE.

@ Frank,

Sorry but Baja type trucks keep their front ends higher over their rears, hello...

@ Frank,

Sorry but Baja type trucks keep their front ends higher over their rears, hello...


Posted by: oxi | Apr 12, 2018 12:12:56 PM

Yes, McFly, we know that. And for that setup, the cost is nearly doubled, so please, that arguement is moot, let's just keep it civil and see how it goes against the TRD PRO, is that the best offroad package for Toyo?

If its truely a true Raptor package (wider, crazy shocks, lockers, insane power, ect...) brining it here only accomlishes 4 things.

1. Advertising/Class BRAGGING rights.
2. Makes all other little truck off road packages laughable
3. Steals the coming Jeep Truck's thunder/reason for being.
4. HURTS F150 Raptor Sales.

@Mr Knowitall
They had the 3.5 engine in the Ranger Raptor here, but went for the new 2 litre Diesel instead.
Ranger Raptor will have more impact in the US than it will in Australia. People are much more interested in the new Mercedes X Class that has just been released here.

@Mr Knowitall
Already sold out here Mercedes XCLass
https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/mercedes-benz-x-class-full-details-revealed-112050/

@Mr Knowitall
Already sold out here Mercedes XCLass
https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/mercedes-benz-x-class-full-details-revealed-112050/

Why doesn't Ram make a small pickup?
They could use a smaller soda bottle cap as the dial shifter.
A smaller engine called a "Baby Hemi" or "Hemi Jr"
They can use rear coil springs from a 1963 Impala
... and use the stock universal plastic hubcaps that Walmart sells

Why doesn't Ram make a small pickup?
They could use a smaller soda bottle cap as the dial shifter.
A smaller engine called a "Baby Hemi" or "Hemi Jr"
They can use rear coil springs from a 1963 Impala
... and use the stock universal plastic hubcaps that Walmart sells

Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Apr 12, 2018 2:50:06 PM

Sounds like the new Ford F series or Ranger

I think the 2.3EB could squeeze out 350hp for a Ranger Raptor, rather than integrating a whole different engine. Then again, if different engines are planned for the Bronco, part of that job is already paid for. Even in standard form, I'd expect the 2.3 EB/10speed to out-do the current competition.
Posted by: Mr Knowitall | Apr 12, 2018 9:36:25 AM

The 2.3 Ecoboost in the Mustang requires 93 octane to make 310 hp and 350 lbâ‹…ft. It would be extremely unlikely to make more power in a truck than in light pony car. Ford could advertise higher power numbers but I would be willing to bet it'll require 93 octane, cool weather, and the AC off before it gets close to that power level. And as soon as the intercooler gets heat soaked, the power numbers would be pulled even lower.

Something about trying to make their portfolio look better for investors. Sounds more like a far cry for help. Seems like bad mgmt. Posted by: Frank | Apr 12, 2018

@Frank

It's called clear & logical, which may be the reason it's hard for you to grasp.

GM's statement clearly said that monthly reporting suffers from goofy outliers such as holidays, weather, events that skew the results. You understand now?

Is it me or does it sit a lot like a Colorado?

GM made a good point with the issue of outliers. Between holidays and severe weather, the effects of which are not factored in by wall street when looking at monthly sales reports, it's not a bad idea to lump sales data into quarterly reports. We saw auto sales take a big hit when Harvey left Texas under water. I wouldn't be surprised if more auto manufacturers move to quarterly reports.

@HD Ramking

I failed to note that improved accuracy is the objective for the automakers and their investor relations depts.

Major institutional investors and consultants (pension funds, big investment banks, to mention a few) are geeky about accuracy because their customers are considering buy/sell decisions that might include many thousands of shares, options, bonds etc.

Here's the badly kept secret.

Corporate information departments leak worse than the West Wing of the White House. News about a good month or bad month will leak to the Wall Street guys and to the media long before the end of a quarter if the story is hot.

Colorado and Canyon look way better. This thing is goofy looking

GM's statement clearly said that monthly reporting suffers from goofy outliers such as holidays, weather, events that skew the results. You understand now?


Posted by: papajim | Apr 12, 2018 4:14:09 PM

Sounds like they're tired of getting their butts kicked and felt embarrassed now the F-Series outsells the entire GM Line of Trucks. Don't worry though, you kids will be able to add the Medium duty truck sales numbers soon, if they can sell any.

It's ok if you don't get it, and frankly, IDGAF!

"Something about trying to make their portfolio look better for investors"


So, it's exactly what I said, what are you picking at papajim. Let it go man.

Is it: That is the non-US Ranger Wildtrak. We get the FX4 package.

Who cares who sells more!!!! Geezzz, buy what u like and what is reliable to you!!

The ranger will sell very well. To say it will sell better than a Tacoma, are very strong words....

Can't wait for a comparison between all 3....maybe GMC will release a Zr2 model with a bigger engine to differentiate itself a bit from Chevy??? Here's hoping.

Wow, Ford fans are going bonkers over the Raptor graphics. Those round wheel wells plug up with mud so easily. The fender flares help hold even more mud. Needs a V6 and a Diesel offering to be competitive. It doesn't look promising.

The 2.3 Eco-Boost in the Ranger is only a little bit smaller than the 2.7 Eco-Boost in the full size F-150.

add 2.7 + 2.7 = 5.4
the 5.7 Hemi in the Ram is OVER twice the size and ONE 2.7 Eco-Boost has better performance numbers

the 2.3 Eco-Boost in the Ranger is only 4/10th smaller, less than a 1/2 liter
(that's less than a small bottle of soda)

The Ranger is smaller and weighs less than the F-150
The engine is only slightly smaller
It will be exciting to see the performance numbers of the new Ranger when it comes out and I expect those numbers to challenge the full size V8's

You guys with the Ram 5.7 Hemi, the Silverado 5.3 and maybe even the 6.2 are going to be soooo jealous when a tiny 2.3 engine will have better performance numbers than your BIG gas-guzzling V8

You guys with the Ram 5.7 Hemi, the Silverado 5.3 and maybe even the 6.2 are going to be soooo jealous when a tiny 2.3 engine will have better performance numbers than your BIG gas-guzzling V8

@ ecoboost

Lol...can u believe this guy!!! This folks is exactly why Ford sells so many trucks BC guys like this drink up their ford lies cool aide.....unreal!!!!!

Ranger photo is RHD. So it would be the Australian Ranger

I would love to see the 3.0 diesel in that truck or a 2.7 EcoBoost or better yet! the 3.0 EcoBoost

So, this is just a rehash of the Sport Trac. Sorry excuse for the Ranger nameplate.

@David
No. What you are getting is pretty different too the Sportstrac

the next few years is going to be revolutionary with new trucks
the manufacturer that drags their feet and refuse to change will be left far-far behind

2019 Ram 1500, a redesign but same mechanicals under the hood
Buyers don't buy new trucks on looks alone, we want POWER !
Yea, the 5.7 with the dual exhaust sounds good but it will never match both the 2.7 and 3.5 Eco-Boost in performance numbers.

The 2019 Ford Ranger will take away all the excitement from the new Ram AND to pound another nail in the coffin the following year 2020 F-150 will be redesigned

the next few years is going to be revolutionary with new trucks

@Ecoboost Rules

i agree it's fun to sit back and watch all these redesigned trucks coming out with good HP, TQ, and MPG numbers

In reference to the talk about the 2.3 beating the gas guzzling V8's, I know there were alot of disappointed Camaro/mustang owners out there, when they got smoked 0-60 by a 3 series BMW 4 cylinder with twin turbos.

-CT

@ CT

a 3 series goes 0-60 in 5.4 secs. Here is an article from motor trend from 2002!!! That was 16 years ago, the 3 series wouldn't even beat these cars let alone anything newer!!

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/chevrolet/camaro/2002/chevrolet-camaro-ss-ford-mustang-svt-cobra-comparison/

In reference to the talk about the 2.3 beating the gas guzzling V8's, I know there were alot of disappointed Camaro/mustang owners out there, when they got smoked 0-60 by a 3 series BMW 4 cylinder with twin turbos.

-CT

Posted by: crunchtime | Apr 13, 2018 7:43:22 AM

Can you support that comment with actual test data from a reputable source. Eg. Road & Track, Car and Driver,

2019 Ram 1500, a redesign but same mechanicals under the hood

Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Apr 13, 2018

Try reading for comprehension. The mild hybrid 3.6 RAM pickup (with STANDARD hybrid drivetrain) is going to be a difference maker for RAM. This news has been out since January.

Catch up! (I bet you hear those words a lot when you drive a Ford)



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