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Friday, February 11, 2022

Is The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor Dropping The Diesel For A Turbo Gas Engine?

Ford has yet to bring the next-generation Ranger to showrooms globally, but that hasn’t stopped them from teasing the top-trim Ranger Raptor model. Mark your calendars as the all-new Ranger Raptor is making its debut on February 22.

Before then, Ford has managed to give the world a sneak peek at the Baja-inspired truck. Sure, it shows the pickup truck jumping and drifting, but cranking up the video’s volume (check it out below) confirms one thing: it’s powered by a gasoline engine.

To recall, the current Ranger Raptor is powered by a bi-turbo 2.0-liter diesel. However, because the Ranger Raptor is destined to be a global model, it’s set to replace that engine with a turbocharged gasoline one. The 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 from the Bronco Raptor is the likely candidate. If that’s the case, it’s sure to generate more than 400 horsepower and more than 500 Nm of torque.

It will also likely use a 10-speed automatic (with paddle shifters, as confirmed in the video) with power routed through a full-time four-wheel drive system.

Though the Ranger Raptor is still pretty much camo-ed, it will stick out from the regular Ranger with its trademark FORD grille, meatier tires, and flared wheel arches. The interior, too will have red accents like the current Ranger Raptor.

Now, with the Ranger being a global model, it’s possible that Ford will offer the Ranger Raptor with another powertrain for markets such as the Philippines. It is likely to gain the next-generation Ranger’s 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 which should help it push more than 250 horsepower and close to 600 Nm of torque.

Everything will be revealed in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

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