Ford has confirmed a new Ranger Raptor ute is on the way, and a promotional clip reveals some huge news fans have been hoping for.
Ford has confirmed a new Ranger Raptor is on the way.
The Blue Oval is set to reveal the performance ute on the 22 of February, but Ford has dropped a clip of the Raptor prototype testing and it provides a big hint to what’s under the bonnet.
The video shows the Raptor test car undertaking some high-speed manoeuvres in the desert with its exhaust note dubbed over it.
Any fan with ears will instantly realise it’s not a diesel but what sounds like a turbocharged petrol unit.
Ford has been tight-lipped about details of the new Ranger Raptor, but rumours have been swirling that the new Raptor would get one of the brand’s twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engines.
There are two possible options: a 3.0-litre from the Explorer ST making 300kW/560Nm or the 3.5-litre 335kW/690Nm beast from the F-150 Raptor. The former is the more likely choice, as it powers the coming Bronco Raptor in the US that shares its underpinnings with the Ranger.
Ford copped flack when it launched the current Ranger Raptor with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine that many said didn’t live up to the Raptor’s performance badge.
Instead, Ford gave the current Raptor a more off-road focus with heavy-duty shocks and plenty of four-wheel drive characteristics.
Ford Australia has led the development of the new Ranger with thousands of local engineers and designers employed on the project.
The new Ranger is also the first locally developed Ford since the Melbourne factory shut its doors five years ago and will be available for sale in 180 markets around the world.
Ford already took the covers off the regular Ranger ute in November last year.
The new ute brings hi-tech features, convenient touches and a powerful new engine that could help it topple the Toyota HiLux to become Australia’s best-selling car.
Power will come from a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel expected to make 190kW/600Nm, as it does in other Ford pick-ups.
Built on a wider and longer version of the existing model’s chassis, the Ranger has a fresh interior loaded up with a wide-screen digital dashboard and Tesla-like tablet touchscreen that should give it an advantage over the competition.
Fresh exterior styling includes headlights inspired by America’s Ford F-150, along with a wider tray capable of accepting a full-size pallet.
The new Ranger is expected to go on sale in the middle of this year, with the Raptor to arrive some time after that.