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Ford Ranger Raptor could get V6 power: Report

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Ford is set to beef up its next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor, according to reports. US publication Ford Authority claims that the new Ranger Raptor, expected late in 2022, will come with a mighty 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

The burly petrol unit is expected to make up to 298kW and 563Nm. That is a massive jump over the current version’s 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine that makes 157kW and 500Nm. Ford faced some criticism at the launch of the current Ranger Raptor for not adding enough performance.

Instead, Ford focused on the vehicle’s off-road ability, adding heavy-duty Fox racing shocks, off-road driving modes, all-terrain tires, and other adventure-focused elements.

The potential switch to a big petrol engine from a more miniature diesel is being driven because the next-generation Ranger Raptor will be sold in the US, where diesel power isn’t popular. Ford is expected to maintain the current version’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

It is unclear whether Australian versions will get the petrol option considering diesel is the overwhelming fuel of choice for dual-cabs down under.

Development costs are likely to decide which engine we get in Australia, as the price of engineering the Raptor as diesel for our relatively small market might be too much.

The Ranger is a red-hot success in Australia. In April, it was the best-selling car, and Ford Australia has considerable input into developing the next-generation model.

The Raptor is expected to keep the off-road focus that has made it so popular with weekend warriors around the country. In preparation for the new model arriving, Ford has released special editions to keep interest high. The latest is the Raptor X which benefits from cosmetic changes to increase its appeal to ute enthusiasts. The Ranger Raptor X is priced at about $85,000 drive-away.

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