It seems that the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor is coming out real soon, thanks to these spy shots of the vehicle roaming around Thailand.
These photos come from kurdistan_automotive_blog_, which, weirdly enough, is not based in Thailand. Nevertheless, the Ranger Raptor that we now see here is wearing Ford’s promotional camouflage, which is similar to what they’ve done with prototypes of the upcoming Everest. If the official Ford promotional camouflage is anything to go by, this probably means that the next-generation Ranger Raptor’s official unveiling is happening sooner rather than later.
There’s not a lot of details that we can see due to Ford’s camouflage design, but we could easily decipher the pickup’s wider fender flares, dual exhaust pipes, matte black side steps, and all-terrain tires. The all-new Ranger Raptor also utilizes the same same C-shaped LED headlights and LED taillights as the standard model.
Unfortunately, there are no available shots of the pickup’s front end, but we won’t be surprised if it came with the F-O-R-D grille just like in every other Ford Raptor vehicle. As for the interior, we can also expect it to be similar to the standard Ranger, but with the added benefit of sportier seats and steering wheel.
Interestingly, you can also see that the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor has dual exhaust pipes, which pretty much confirms one critical detail. The next-generation Raptor won’t come with the previous model’s 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine. Instead, it’s safe to say that the Ranger Raptor might come with a gasoline V6 engine, based on the engine note in this teaser that Ford Australia posted just after the Ranger’s global debut.
We still don’t know what kind of gasoline engine this will be. It could possibly be the Explorer ST’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 400 horsepower or the F-150 Raptor’s 3.5-liter turbocharged unit that produces 450 horsepower. An upgraded version of the upcoming 3.0-liter V6 diesel of the all-new Ranger might be on the cards as well, since gasoline-powered pickups don’t often fare well in Southeast Asia.
Based on Ford Australia’s teaser video, the Ranger Raptor will debut in February 2022, which means we won’t have to wait that long before Ford’s upcoming midsize high-performance pickup is finally unveiled.