Three months after it gave us its new, mid-size Ranger pickup, Ford made its North American fans stay up late or get up super early to watch the Ranger Raptor reveal today, which CEO Jim Farley confirmed via Twitter.
Just like the standard Ranger, the Raptor model will slot between the Maverick and the F-150. It will be the Ranger’s halo model, as the Bronco and F-150 Raptors are for their respective models. The Ranger rides on Ford’s global T6 platform.
The most potent current Ranger puts out 269 horsepower from its EcoBoost 2.3L blown four-cylinder engine. The Raptor version ups that to 392 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque, using a 3.0L EcoBoost V-6 engine. The engine may be backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
The new Ranger has an active exhaust system with four modes – Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja. They are selectable via a button on the steering wheel. Suspending the truck are 2.5-inch Fox Live Valve shocks, infused with DuPont’s Teflon oil to deflect imperfections on-road and minimize kidney punches off-road. The remainder of the suspension is composed of aluminum to save weight.
Inside the new Ranger has a 12.4-inch digital dash and a 12-inch center touchscreen, which uses Ford’s Synch 4A infotainment system and there’s an available 10-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system.
The new Raptor is reportedly 75 pounds lighter than the 2021 version with a nearly two-inch longer wheelbase but losing 1.5 inches in length. (5163) (128.7) and (211).
Competition will include the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and a possible, similar Jeep Gladiator version. Pricing information hasn’t been announced just yet. The truck will come to the U.S. sometime in 2023.