Earlier this week Ford officially rolled out the Ranger Raptor for select global markets. So far, the official line from the company is that it isn’t for the U.S. market, but that is likely only temporary. While the global version is powered by a twin-turbo diesel, a new report suggests ours will leverage a gas V-6.
According to a Car And Driver report, Ford will swap out that diesel for its well-known 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 when the Ranger Raptor comes stateside. Power output is expected to be similar to that of the upcoming Edge ST, which churns out 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Like the global version, the Raptor will likely gain Ford’s 10-speed automatic with this engine.
The switch to gas for the U.S. market is not entirely surprisingly. Although Ford is offering more diesel offerings in the U.S. than ever, the Raptor legacy in North America is centered on the EcoBoost engine thanks to the F-150.
EcoBoost will offer a significantly higher performance than the 210 horsepower diesel in the global model, and a sizable jump from the base Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Ford has not actually released final performance numbers for the base Ranger.
Despite the switch from diesel to gas, expect the rest of the U.S.-bound Ranger Raptor to be similar to the global model. This means mini-me styling to that of the F-150 Raptor, a ride height increased by about two-inches and significant hardware upgrades.
This all said, there’s still no rumblings as to when we will actually see the U.S. version of the Ranger Raptor. Hopefully the wait is nearing an end.