Back in February, we posted about how Ford was going to let us know whether the Ranger Raptor would be available in the United States by 2035. Obviously, there was a little—OK, more than a little—exaggeration in that report, but coming on six months later, the Blue Oval is still keeping quiet about whether or not you’ll be able to get the dune-tackling Ranger at your local AutoNation Ford dealer.
New video from Detroit, however, shows it’s likely a done deal.
Our friends over at Ranger5G have just posted this clip of what looks to be a production-spec Ranger Raptor—decals and all—out and about in the Motor City, and while it’s short and sweet, the engine note makes it pretty clear that there’s a diesel under the hood. From previous announcements know it’s likely the 2.0-liter I-4, and good for 210 horsepower and 389 lb-feet of torque. As we’ve said before, we’d really like to see some gas engines available too, because we think this baby would be a hood with 310-horsepower mill from the Mustang EcoBoost.
Another possibility is that Ford will make the off-roader a diesel, and maybe use a gas engine to bring back the Lightning trim. Given how the company has shifted to focus almost solely on crossovers and trucks, we think it could happen, and our friends over at Ford-Trucks have created a compelling render of just how it could look.