Watching a livestream up close pays off as every now and then an automaker discreetly inserts a tidbit. Towards the end of the first Ranger 2022 event, Ford sneaked in a QR code, which takes you to a hidden page on the company’s Australian website where the Raptor is being teased. After (desperately) trying for half an hour to retrieve the embed code since there was no visible option, we finally cracked the code to share the video here.
Yes, the high performance version is coming as soon as possible since the world premiere is scheduled for February 2022. The soundtrack we hear doesn’t seem to come from the bi-turbodiesel engine of the release, no- for the US four Ranger Raptor cylinders, but rather from a larger gasoline V6 also fitted with a pair of added turbos for good measure.
The standard new-generation Ranger will be offered worldwide with two 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines, one of which will have two turbos, followed by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel at the top of the range. Alternatively, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost gas grinder will be available. As for the Raptor, logic tells us that it will use either the Bronco’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 or the Explorer ST’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.
If it’s about getting the Bronco’s powertrain, look for something in the region of 330 horsepower and 415 pound-feet (563 Newton-meters) of torque on super fuel and 315 hp and 405 pound-feet ( 550 Nm) on regular fuel. If Ford decides to go with the heart of the Explorer ST, this one packs a more powerful 400 hp and 415 lb-ft (563 Nm) with super fuel.
The Ranger Raptor has been spotted testing on US soil, so we’re probably going to get it this time around. Later, a plug-in hybrid is widely supposed to be launched, while the truck-based Everest SUV also gets a new generation that will only be offered in certain markets again. North America is unlikely to be one of them since the model would clash with the Bronco.