Before the new Ford Ranger has even been released, the automaker has been spotted testing a performance version of the truck. Dubbed the Ford Ranger Raptor, this performance variant is expected to arrive for the 2019 model year.
Before the Australian-designed Ranger has even hit our streets, we are already dreaming of a mini Raptor. I love the original but the idea of a smaller, more manoeuvrable version is something I would definitely be interested in.
2019 Ford Ranger Raptor
Still pure speculation, the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor could be a thing. The images show a Ranger truck with a much wider stance. It also hints at a more compact front end with a smaller bumper that would work well off road.
The off road wheels and tires may be there to throw us off the scent but could also be there to test the road holding and ride qualities. According to motoring journalists, these wheels and tires are of the same type as on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
There also appears to be a slightly shorter rear overhang in the camouflaged shots. This also lends itself to off road chops as it enables the truck to climb at higher angles without grounding the back end.
Unusually, the camouflage was also applied underneath the truck. This is not the norm and would hint at a new suspension setup that Ford really doesn’t want us to know about yet. This could hint at some new super-cool active suspension or just be there to throw people off the scent.
According to the person who saw this test vehicle, it was running a diesel engine. That is unusual too for a performance truck and we don’t quite know what to make of it. The normal Raptor uses a gas V8 so this model running a diesel is interesting. It isn’t unique though, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 also has a diesel version.
Diesel also works very well off road, delivering extra weight at the front wheels and lots of extra torque from relatively low revs. This could work for an off road specialist truck but perhaps not for a Raptor variant.
With the standard Ford Ranger not due until the 2018 model year, it will be a while longer before we see any special editions let alone a possible Raptor version. That doesn’t stop us dreaming though!
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