Spied: 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor?

Ranger Raptor 1 II

With the coming 2019 Ford Ranger getting ready to jump back into the market, rumors have been swirling for some time about if Ford would leverage its F-150 Raptor styling and capability into the smaller 4x4 pickup truck arena, especially now that Chevrolet just brought back its own highly capable Colorado ZR2. Our spy shooters are guessing that this new, heavily camouflaged Ford mid-size pickup is more than just another FX4 package. Here's what they sent us:

"This is proof that the Ford Ranger Raptor is destined to become reality and isn't just Nessie-like folklore. Caught testing on Ford's Dearborn test track in Michigan, these photos give us our first look at what we believe to be the Ranger Raptor.

"The Ranger will return to the U.S. after a 10-year absence in 2019 as a mid-size pickup to compete with the likes of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. To rival those trucks' off-road-ready variants, a toughened-up version of the new Ranger may adopt the Raptor nameplate from the F-150.

"This prototype features an aggressive front end compared to other 2019 Ranger prototypes we've seen, in keeping with the F-150 Raptor's modified fender styling. Other changes are likely to revolve around shocks, tires, an increased ride height and a more powerful engine. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 may be detuned for the Ranger, or it may use a version of the smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 also found in the F-150. The Ranger Raptor is likely to be mated to the new 10-speed automatic co-developed with GM.

"Expect to see a Ranger Raptor sometime well after the standard models appear for the 2020 model year."

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Comments

Why would Ford do this? A mini raptor would take sales from the real Raptor? Yes we all know it would be very cool and lots of fun and literally BLOW the doors off ALL other pretend truck 4x4s (that's what Raptors do). I guess since both models being Fords it would mean Ford would effectively corner the premium high performance halo truck market. It would hurt full size raptor sales. though which probably have a higher profit margin.

Clint,
Ir's great you still comment on PUTC

Well nothing is forever. From a Ford perspective, the "Ranger Raptor" is still a Ford and some other manufacturer hasn't trumped (no pun here) Ford, we hope!

Outside of the US the pickup market is really heating up. There is a lot more competition, many more manufacturers than in the US. As has been discussed in the past at PUTC the global midsize pi8ckup has reached the level of refinement of the US pickup.

Ford globally has to step up to remain competitive as Mercedes Benz, VW Amarok, Nissan/Reno, even GM are upping the ante.

So, a better than a full size Raptor could be possible. Hopefully the US will have a Ranger Raptor.

Outside of the US the pickup market is really heating up. There is a lot more competition, many more manufacturers than in the US.

@big al,

please cite specifics. Americans bought millions of beautiful new GM, Ford and RAM trucks during the last few years.

How about some sales figures to support your assertion.

Ranger Raptor would be ideal for the Dakar Rally Raid at the end of this year( to refresh your memory, Robby Gordon has tried unsuccessfully by his own and with other teams to win over the last 11yrs) Ranger Raptor would be an official model, rather than a 5litre V8 engined Raptors entered by Ford South Africa , that were fast but fragile. A LOT of people outside NA watch the Rally Raid over it's 11 day journey on TV


Robert Ryan,
If there is a Ranger Raptor in the Dakar it will be powered by the 3.2 diesel. Ford South Africa built a 3.2 diesel Racing Ranger back in 2010.

It was more competitive than gasoline powered, even V8 off roaders.

It was quite impressive and it ran on the BT50 factory chassis and body. The 3.2 diesel generated over 350hp and God knows how many ftlbs of torque, at least 500+.

A new Ranger setup for Dakar will most likely outperform all other competing pickups.

@papajim
Tried to post this twice new Pickups are : Renault Alaskan, Mercedes, Isuzu/ Mazda,Mitsubishi, Ford Ranger, possibly Colorado and Amarok

@papajim
Mercedes estimates the non NA market for Pickups will be 2.8 million by 2020

They can bring out what ever they want
Toyota won't lose any sleep over them
And Nissan won't either they are gearing up a new Frontier the likes of which will send the midsize class into a dizzy spell
of course if Ford should bring out an all aluminum truck tha would be a game changer .

I honestly feel bad for any body who bought a Tacoma or the 300 people who bought one of the GM twins last month. This truck will change all the rules!!



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