2022 Ford Ranger Raptor USA Release Date – Ford chose not to sell the Ranger Raptor (pictured) in the United States because it decided U.S. motorists looking for a fast truck riding on a Baja-ready suspension can take home an F-150. That has changed, according to a recent report, and it is preparing a U.S.-bound variant of the next baby Raptor to tentatively come out in 2021.
2022 Ford Ranger Raptor USA Release Date
Engineers are currently developing the pickup, which will be paired with the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. It is designed with the U.S. market in mind from the get-go. As we have previously reported, the fact that we have confirmed that there are North American employees working on the truck indicates that it is coming here.
Australian website CarExpert posted a screenshot of what looks like a Raptor test mule’s build sheet. THE VIN shown on the screen corresponds to a 2021 Ranger (so a 2022 model in the United States) powered by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that spins the four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Although the six productions are not listed, the publication believes Ford will use two turbochargers to dial in 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the current Ranger’s 2.3-liter turbo four makes 270 horses and 310 pound-feet twist, while Hennessey’s limited-edition VelociRaptor increases those numbers to 360 and 440, respectively.
Elsewhere, the Raptor will get either a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Ford is not against the idea of putting an oil burner in a pickup truck, as the 14th generation F-150 will again be available with a turbodiesel V6, but nothing suggests our version of the Raptor will offer anything other than a gasoline-powered engine.
Like the F-150, the Ranger Raptor will get a long list of desert-tame changes such as a Fox suspension, larger tires, ski plates and a stronger frame. Expect a long list of visual changes inside and out (including a model-specific front-end design and extra plastic cladding) to further distinguish it from the standard truck.
Ford keeps its lips sealed when it comes to the next-generation Ranger, so it’s nowhere near ready to talk about whether a Raptor model will finally join the range. We hear that the truck will make its global debut in 2021, and it will arrive in showrooms as a 2022 model, so we should learn more about it in the coming months. And while the new F-150 will once again spawn a Raptor version, Ford is once again making enthusiasts wait to learn more about it as well.
Ranger is one of Ford’s global players – it is sold in North America, Europe, Australia and other regions of the world. Depending on the market, it has varying powertrains and specifications but it’s all the same truck in the end. That’s why a new comprehensive report on the next-generation Ranger, coming from the ground Down Under, can be considered applicable to the United States and Europe as well.
CarExpert received preliminary details about the 2022 Ranger and the 2022 Everest with the latter being the SUV version of the truck available in Australia. According to the publication, the pickup would get a brand new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which has not been installed in any Ford product so far.
It will use a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and is supported by an electric motor for a combined power of 362 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton-meter) of torque. The powertrain will be different from Ford’s 3.0- and 2.5-liter PHEV systems found in the new Explorer and Escape.
Aside from the electrified engine, the new Ranger is also reportedly getting two diesel options, which will probably be offered in Australia and Europe, but not in the United States. These include a base 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine with 210 hp (157 kW) and a larger 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel with 250 hp (186 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. The current 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel will be discontinued.
As far as the performance-oriented Ranger Raptor is concerned, at least for Australia, it is expected to get the 3.0-liter engine, which will replace the current four-cylinder twin-turbo unit. CarExpert also believes the off-roader can get the latest generation Fox Racing shock absorbers, similar to the setting seen in the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor.
On the tech front, expect the new Ranger to get Ford’s SYNC4 infotainment system with a 12.8-inch vertical screen on the center console and a wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection. It will be joined by another 10.25-inch screen, which will be placed before the driver’s sight – a layout that is very similar to the interior of the Mustang Mach-E.