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Ford Ranger Raptor In North America Could Happen In 2021 According To New Reports

A new report from Australia brings the Ranger Raptor back on the table for North America

  • The 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor would pack a twin-turbo V6 with 325 horsepower

  • Skid plates, upgraded suspension, and beefier tires among Raptor-exclusive features


A 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor may actually happen, and if it does we will see it early next year.

Ford has said time and time again not to expect a Ranger Raptor in North America. And yet, reports are coming through that Ford will in fact launch a new Raptor version of its small pickup in 2021.

Ford Ranger Raptor

This latest rumor comes from Australia’s CarExpert who cites a 2018 patent application of a Ranger Raptor for the US. The site notes that the patent was definitely for North America as it featured a rear sliding window which isn’t offered in Australia. Sources have apparently confirmed the Ranger Raptor to North America to CarExpert as well.

If a 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor does happen, it’s only real competition would be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison and the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Maybe the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. It would feature the same upgraded off-roading goodies found on the F-150 Raptor such as a Fox suspension, skid plages, beefier tires, and extra plastic cladding.

From images we’ve seen before, the Ford Ranger Raptor certainly looks the part of the mean, rugged small truck built for tearing up off-road courses. Unlike the three competitors described above, however, it would quite a bit faster.

Ford Ranger Raptor

Rumors suggest it could get a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. That would be quite an upgrade over the current 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

2021 could definitely turn out to be the year of the Raptor. Ford has confirmed the new 2021 Ford F-150 will get a Raptor model, although no details were provided.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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