Another “charged” pickup: Ford is preparing for the imminent premiere of the Ranger Raptor
The debut of the model will take place on February 22, 2022. The novelty was promised to the European market, and then it will probably go on sale in the US (unlike its predecessor).
Ford introduced the "regular" next-generation Ranger pickup at the end of November last year. The project was implemented in partnership with the German company Volkswagen (the twin of the next generation VW Amarok has not yet been presented). A series of "charged" mid-size pickups will come very soon – in less than two weeks, the premiere of a new generation of the version with the addition of Raptor to the name will take place.
Recall that during the generational change, the Ranger received some common features with the "big brother" – the Ford F-150. The wagon with head optics, which received the same C-shaped daytime running lights, is designed in a similar way. The “heated" version of the Raptor has expected external differences: while the company hides design details under disguise: prototypes have already been filmed in camouflage for corporate photos and videos.
In the photo: a prototype of the new Ford Ranger Raptor in camouflage
The Raptor, compared to the standard Ranger, should have wider and more massive front and rear fenders, larger tires and ground clearance, in addition, the lower body will receive different protection. The "charged" version of the truck may have a different grille, redesigned bumpers with fog lights and lining.
The interior probably won’t be different. At the same time, a virtual “tidy”, a modern infotainment system Sync 4 with a 12-inch touch screen, will appear in the cabin of the new Ford Ranger Raptor. To control the "climate" there is a separate panel with physical buttons. The list of "driving assistants" includes: traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, an integrated camera system.
The company noted that the new Ranger Raptor was developed by the Ford Performance division, the version is intended "for off-road enthusiasts." There is no official information about his technique yet. Recall that the current Ford Ranger Raptor pickup truck is equipped with a 2.0-liter “biturbodiesel”, the return of which is 213 hp. It is assumed that the new station wagon will receive the same “stuffing” as the Ford Bronco Raptor SUV. In this case, it will have a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with around 400 hp under the hood, and this engine will likely be offered with a 10-speed automatic transmission.”
As we reported earlier, the base for the standard new generation Ranger is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBlue turbodiesel (single and twin turbine options are available). The truck also received a 3.0-liter V6 from the "senior" Ford F-150 range, and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost petrol "turbo-four" (from its predecessor) was retained as another option).
The "regular" mid-size pickup will arrive in some markets in mid-2022, but dealers in Europe and the US will have to wait: the new pickup will arrive in 2023. The release date for the Raptor version has yet to be determined, but most likely it will traditionally go on sale later than the "only" Ford Ranger.