After a several-years old hiatus, the well-known mid-size pickup truck came back to the U.S. market. However, that revived model was the same vehicle that has been in Australia for years. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Blue Oval company is already working on the next-generation Ranger. Along with numerous changes, we are also about to see a high-performance version, in the form of the 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor.
At this point, most of the things are still a mystery. The company keeps most details about the next-generation Ranger a secret and the Raptor is no exception. Still, we’ve managed to find out some of the things, particularly in terms of the powertrain. Of course, some of the things are relatively easy to predict.
2022 Ford Ranger Raptor Engine
One of the things we definitely know about the 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor is the engine. Currently, the Austalia-spec Ranger Raptor uses a relatively powerful turbodiesel. It looks like the new model will stick with an oil-burner in this part of the world. However, we count on a new V6 turbodiesel, which will feature a max output of 255 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
The upcoming U.S. version will, on the other side, rely on gasoline power. For this occasion, we count on a well-known 2.7-liter V6, with a max output of 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines will come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. A manual gearbox has been rumored as well, though we are still waiting to hear something from the officials on this matter.
2022 Ford Ranger Raptor Redesign
The 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor is coming back to North America and, of course, it will be based on the next-generation model, which is hitting the market later in the year. For this occasion, the Blue Oval company has prepared a plethora of changes, even though we are about to see an evolution of the current T6 architecture. As you may presume, the new model will have a lot of things in common with the new Bronco.
Of course, we are also about to see a lot of exclusive features and design solutions. The first thing that comes to mind is a new suspension setup. We count on the new FOX Sport suspension, which will provide significant improvement in terms of off-road performances. Of course, you may count on super-long travel, high ground clearance, off-road tires, 4×4, locking differential and other typical things. Naturally, the 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor will come with loads of unique styling details, in order to accentuate its off-road character. Of course, most of the things will be heavily inspired by the bigger and more famous F-150 Raptor.
At this point, it is still early to talk about more exclusive interior features, considering that we are still waiting to see how the new cabin will look like in general. Of course, the list of exclusive features would include all kinds of sporty upgrades. Seats, trim, upholstery and different interior materials are some of the things that come to mind. We expect that the 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor will be offered in a Crew Cab layout only and there is no doubt that the list of standard equipment will be pretty long, both in terms of infotainment features and advanced safety systems.
2022 Ford Ranger Raptor Release Date and Price
At this point, the best we can say is that the 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2021. The price is still to be announced but expect it will start somewhere between 43.000 and 45.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro etc.