U.S.-based enthusiasts have been pining for the Ford Ranger Raptor for years now, and yet, the rugged off-road pickup still can’t be purchased in the states. But now it will be closer than ever, as Ford has announced that the Ranger Raptor will be available in Mexico later this year, joining the Ford F-150 Raptor – or as it’s known south of the border, the Ford Lobo Raptor – as well as the Ford Territory and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1, as we recently reported.
The current-gen Ford Ranger Raptor was introduced for the 2019 model year and shares many of its styling features and mechanical equipment with its big brother, the F-150 Raptor. That includes Fox shocks, a bold “Ford” script front grille, increased ride height, a wider track, improved approach and departure angles, and a Watt’s link rear suspension with coil springs. Power comes from Ford’s 2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
As we’ve reported extensively over the last few months, an all-new 2023 Ford Ranger is on the way and will also mark the debut of the Ranger Raptor in the U.S. We’ve spied numerous prototypes of the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor testing, including a left-hand-drive model near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
The next-gen 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is rumored to be powered by Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6. In its hottest current form, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, and will likely be backed up by the current 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The next-gen Ranger is expected to launch in 2022 for the 2023 model year, and will reportedly continue to ride on the Ford T6 platform, like the current model and the 2021 Ford Bronco, albeit with some modifications.