Ford South Africa confirmed a Raptor-ized version of the Ranger was on its way to that market next year, proving some of the rumors we’ve heard before about the truck. While the Ranger Raptor has yet to be officially confirmed for the North American market, we think it’s probably a given considering rival Chevrolet offers the hardcore Colorado ZR2 midsize pickup.
Teased in a YouTube video today, the Raptor offers a few immediately noticeable differences compared to the conventional Ranger. Stout-looking front control arms likely provide a wider track, aping the larger F-150 Raptor, and we expect the Ranger version to get a lifted suspension with more wheel travel, as we’ve seen in spy photos before.
| 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Teaser Front Quarter Outback
It’s unclear from the video what powertrain motivates the Ranger Raptor. We think we might hear a little turbo whine coming from the truck, but it’s difficult to tell thanks to all the sound effects. If so, we’d assume Ford would fit the littler Raptor with a 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 producing at least 325 hp and 375 lb-ft (the same engine in the non-Raptor F-150 produces 325 and 400, respectively). We’d love to see the 450hp 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 migrate to the Ranger, but that’s probably wishful thinking.
Ford will release the Ranger Raptor in South Africa next year, likely as a 2019 model. Its arrival in that market will fall close to the time the company releases the regular Ranger in the U.S., so we presume we’ll get our first taste of the Ranger Raptor for the 2020 model year. We can’t wait.