Ford could also potentially squeeze more power out of the Ranger Raptor’s 2.0-liter diesel engine.
This week, Ford revealed the first ever Ranger Raptor pickup truck powered by a 2.0-liter, twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that's paired with an all-new 10-speed automatic. But there was a catch: so far, it's only been confirmed for Australia and South Africa to fill the void of a right-hand drive F-150 Raptor in these regions. Given that the Ranger is making its US comeback after a six-year hiatus, it seems likely that the off-road-focused Raptor version will follow at some point.
There's still no official word on when we can expect the Ford Ranger Raptor to arrive in America, but according to Car and Driver it could powered by the F-150's 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine instead of the diesel unit in the Australian model. This would mean the US Ranger Raptor will produce at least 325 horsepower, which is significantly more powerful than the standard Ranger's 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The V6 unit would also produce more power than the twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine under the hood of the Australian Ranger Raptor, which develops 210 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.
Speaking of which, Ford's UK Chief Engineer of Small Gas and Diesel Engines Roland Ernst recently told CarAdvice in an interview that he believes the Ranger Raptor's 2.0 liter engine and the 10-speed automatic is the "right choice to combine power and efficiency." "We've taken the standard 2.0-liter turbo that this engine started life as and refined the durability, upgraded the pistons and optimised the temperature range of the turbines for better performance with this engine," the Ford executive told the publication. "Once that was done, we've taken it through the toughest testing procedures we have in the Ford Corporation."
These grueling tests included "the peak pressures in the fuel system, the entire temperature range inside the engine, as well as all the environmental testing in deserts and in freezing conditions in cold climates – and it passed with flying colors." As a result, the new Ford Ranger Raptor is said to have a "very sharp throttle response." Ford may also be able to squeeze more power out of the diesel unit, as Roland admitted it's "very robust and has a lot of potential." If you need a refresher, the Raptor is the most capable Ranger off-road yet that benefits from an increased ride height, wider tracks and, long-travel Fox suspension with rear coilovers.
It also has extra underbody protection, and 17-inch wheels with beefy 332-mm front and rear brake rotors and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires. Ground clearance has also been increased to 283 mm, giving the pickup an approach angle of 32.5 degrees, ramp over angle of 24 degrees, and departure angle of 24 degrees.