Next-gen Ford Ranger to get 325-hp engine for US market?
A new Ranger Raptor is rumored to be bound for American showrooms.
Ford is reportedly planning to install a more powerful gasoline engine in the next-generation Raptor.
An insider has told Australia's WhichCar that the redesigned pickup will get a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel mill and Ford's 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost gasoline powerplant. The report speculates the latter is being "developed with the North American market front of mind."
The current Ranger Raptor is only sold in certain markets outside the US. With a diesel engine, the performance pickup was intended for regions that don't already have the gasoline-powered full-size F-150 Raptor.
Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi has been pushing for an American Ranger Raptor, arguing that the flagship full-size configuration has been a "slam dunk" among US buyers.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine is already present in several models including the F-150, delivering 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The Australian report suggests the Ranger Raptor could be tuned for even higher torque.
The current Ranger may be new to America but has been on sale since 2011 and received a mid-cycle update in 2015. The next-gen model is presumably far along in development, rumored to be on track for a 2021 launch.