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Spy Photographers May Just Have Captured A Ford Ranger Raptor: Spy Shots

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Rumors have circulated for some time regarding a possible high-performance “Raptor” variant of the next-generation Ford Ranger, and a recent batch of spy photos acquired by Australian website CarAdvice gives us our clearest idea yet of what such a truck could look like.

CarAdvice notes that the spied prototype seems to be sporting a Watt’s linkage rear suspension setup, broad fender flares, raised ride height, and a shallow front overhang for an improved approach angle. The truck is also wearing disc brakes at all four corners – something that not even the current Ford Ranger Wildtrak benefits from – and what appear to be off-road-centric tires.

According to the photographer who snapped the pics, this possible Ford Ranger Raptor test mule sounded an awful lot like an F-150 EcoBoost. The F-150 Raptor, of course, uses Ford’s second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6, but we’d expect a Ranger Raptor to utilize the smaller 2.7L V6, lest Ford risk cannibalizing its own sales.

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The Ford Ranger, which went away from the US and Canada after 2012, will be reintroduced in North America for 2019, riding on an updated version of the Asia-Pacific-developed T6 platform that underpins the current-generation truck. The anticipated Ranger Raptor is likely to launch the same year, ahead of an all-new Ford Bronco SUV for 2020.

Visit CarAdvice.com.au for the latest Ford Ranger Raptor spy shots.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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