Evidence from spy photography is gaining ground for a specialized off-road version of the next-generation 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor. Raptor Ranger is not an official name that Ford has confirmed, it’s simply a way for us to reference off-road prepared prototypes that have been tested in Australia and Michigan.The next Ford Ranger is expected to hit the US market in 2019. As usual, a specialized off-road version of the truck may arrive the following year, although this is still speculation. Ford did not confirm a special version of the next Ranger. General information, specifications and official images of the next-generation Ranger are rare or non-existent.
The 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor boasts an aggressive position with wide wings, increased ride height and capable BF Goodrich tires. Its improved features give the Raptor a distinctive look compared to the standard Ranger on which it is based. The Ford Ranger Raptor will be able to compete directly with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, released earlier this year, as well as the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road.
A telling sign is Ford’s use of a turbodiesel engine. The 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor seen in Flagstaff was testing with a diesel, the photographers said, probably the 3.2-liter five-cylinder engine currently powering the Ford Transit van. This is the second time that Ford has been seen testing the Ranger Raptor with a diesel.
Ford has also teased a 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor recently, but a company spokesman told us it was only for the Australian and New Zealand markets. No details on this truck were released when it was first announced, but a video showing big jumps seems to indicate that it will be as capable as the F-150 Raptor. We hope Ford could decide later to bring a Raptor Ranger to the United States. It would be a perfect competitor to the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the Jeep Wrangler Pickup.