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Next-Gen Ford Ranger Raptor To Feature 3.0L EcoBoost V6: Exclusive

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Since it was released in 2019, the Ford Ranger Raptor has offered supremely capable off-road ability. The current model is powered by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBlue four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine making 210 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, in the typical bottom-heavy diesel fashion. The Blue Oval is looking to improve on that formula: the next-gen, 2023 Ranger Raptor will be powered by the twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine mated to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter.

Before we go any further, let us remind you that Ford Authority was first to tell you way back in June of 2019 that the third-gen F-150 Raptor will offer a V8 engine, which has all but been confirmed to be the case via a jubilee of spy videos of the upcoming Raptor R.

Now, back to the 2023 Ranger Raptor’s engine. That same twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 is currently used in The Blue Oval’s CD6 platform crossovers, including variants of the Ford Explorer (King Ranch, Platinum, ST) and the base Lincoln Aviator. The most powerful application of the engine is the Explorer ST, where the motor is rated at 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.

The current Ford Ranger family rides on the T6 platform. The next-gen model will ride on an evolved version of the same architecture. The current-gen Ranger Raptor requires roughly 10 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while the Explorer ST accomplishes the same feat in around 5.2 seconds. With the deeper-breathing EcoBoost motor, it’s a good bet that acceleration figures for the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor will fall somewhere between the two.

Other than the more potent powertrain, expect the next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor – currently in development with heavy input from Ford Australia – to feature a similar array of Baja-bred suspension and chassis upgrades, including a FOX shock setup and a coil spring rear suspension.

Ford 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine

Unlike the current model, the new Raptor variant is expected to be a global offering, with availability being expanded to North America. In fact, left-hand drive prototypes have been spotted testing Dearborn. The next-gen model should go on sale in late 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle.

We’ll have more on the next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Ranger Raptor news, Ford Ranger news and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Cameron Taylor

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    • It is. Having discontinued sedans and cars in general, Ford isn’t playing around any more. They know they need to sell trucks, SUVs and crossovers, otherwise there is no more Ford.

  1. Now, i would say I’d be willing to sell/trade my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for that puppy…. AS LONG AS THEY KEEP IT AT 400 HP….. NO SHORTCUTS!!!!

  2. That’s what I’m talking about. That’s great news! That biturbo diesel is cool but the 3.0 EB is much much better.

    Love reading the Ford Authority. Keep up the great work.

    Cheers from Australia.

  3. Excellent news guys, thanks for being the first to report it.

    I really like this engine in my Explorer ST. Planning on getting the Ranger Raptor when it launches.

  4. I assume Australia is still getting the 3.0 V6 Diesel? Please give it an upgrade, it’s near 10 years old at the moment and will be outgunned by the 3.3 Toyota within 18 months.
    I wouldn’t say no to the Petrol either

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