Ford is bringing back its smallest pickup truck nameplate home. Moreover, the U.S.-specs Ranger is very close, almost ready for its official debut. However, in case you thought that the vehicle won’t get anything more but a mere updated, you are so wrong. No, the North American model isn’t coming completely redesigned, but the changes are a lot more than cosmetic. According to information we have, Blue Oval prepares a high-performance model as well. The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has been spotted in Australia a few days ago, so it’s quite obvious it’s not just a rumor but the real deal.
2018 Ford Ranger Raptor: Engine and Platform
The most important of the 2018 Ranger Raptor is its engine of course. As we have found out, the topping model will get the same treatment as the bigger F-150 Raptor. Meaning, it’s going to be powered by the same 3.5-liter twin turbo. The V6 EcoBoost mill will be capable of delivering 450 horsepower. Of course, it’s going to come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
In case you are wondering how they plan to put the twin-turbo mill under the hood of the existing model, we have a quite simple explanation. Today’s T6 platform will suffer certain upgrades, so both the engine and transmission will fit without any problem. However, these are not the only changes under the skin. The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor will also feature a special suspension system, as well as some additional kit like a special traction and stability-control systems, and even a locking center differential. The carmaker won’t skip the chance to add larger wheels with a massive braking system and special tires for off-road adventures. Yes, we know it’s going to be a hardcore off-roader. If not, why would Ford bother to lift it up from the ground more than the regular model?
Aside it’s getting a mighty engine under the hood the 2018 Ranger Raptor truck will also feature some unique styling tweaks. The car manufacturer will likely “steal” some cues from the bigger Raptor, so you can expect a redesigned grille and headlights, as well as a totally different bumper with bigger air intakes. Around back, the pickup will get a unique exhaust system.
Price and Arrival
Judging by our insiders, the high-performance pickup truck will appear a little bit after the standard model. Of course, the amazing 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor will cost more from its non-Raptor sibling, probably around $45K or even more.