Ford is cooking up something Ranger Raptor-related, as hinted at by a short video on social media. The dark teaser shows the Ranger Raptor with an optional LED bar mounted on the roof as we listen to the engine roar.
Ford Australia and Ford Performance posted a teaser video on both Facebook and Instagram, accompanying it with the following description: “Testing and development don’t stop when the sun goes down,” with the date “11/01/2022,” which refers to Tuesday, November 1st.
The second gen Ranger Raptor was introduced in February 2022, but the specifications of the US version, due next year, have not yet been announced. So there’s a chance the teaser is for the US model, even though the date format suggests otherwise. Some commentators have wondered if Ford is working on a more powerful Ranger Raptor R, or if it’s a rally-ready version of the pickup truck for Baja Racing. The automaker has officially left the company SEMA so that’s definitely not the concept for this year’s show.
Under the Raptor sign Ford Ranger has different characteristics depending on the market. Australia got the most powerful version with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine with two turbines and a capacity of 392 hp. (292 kW / 397 hp). On the other hand, Europeans will have access to a toned-down version of the V6 with a capacity of 284 hp. (212 kW / 288 hp) due to emissions regulations. A slightly updated version of the previous generation’s bi-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel will also be available in select markets, including Europe.