Spy photographers recently got the chance to capture yet another camouflage-wearing, performance-oriented Ford Ranger prototype on camera, likely to be named “Raptor” after the hardcore F-150 model. The photographs give us our best, clearest, and closest look yet at the anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor.
You can see the photos on the SEMA website.
Reportedly, this Ranger Raptor prototype had a diesel engine under the hood, which SEMA believes is most likely the turbocharged, 3.2L five-cylinder PowerStroke (“Duratorq” in some markets) used in the current Ford Ranger T6 and recently federalized in the US for the Ford Transit. The engine is larger in displacement than the 3.0L PowerStroke diesel heading to the Ford F-150 next year, and bigger still than the 2.8L diesel in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 – one of the Ford Ranger Raptor’s biggest future competitors. Previous prototypes sounded like they were EcoBoost-equipped, so future buyers may have a choice of two engines.
The prototype was spotted sporting the same fender flare extensions and black wheels as previous examples, and one of the spy shots gives us a great look at its big, square jaw up front. The truck appears to sit taller than the more basic models of the Ford Ranger. Black bristles hang from the underside of the truck in the back, likely to keep the rear suspension setup secret.
The Ford Ranger is slated to make a return to the North American market for 2019, with a more potent Ford Ranger Raptor breaking simultaneously or not too far behind. Be sure to visit SEMA.org for the latest spy shots.