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News Ford Ranger Raptor vs Jeep Gladiator Hercules: Oh The Possibilities

Ford Ranger Raptor vs Jeep Gladiator Hercules: Oh The Possibilities

There are always a ton of rumors in the automotive industry, the latest is that Ford and Jeep are planing high-performance versions of the new Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.

Everything about a possible Jeep Gladiator Hercules or Ford Ranger Raptor coming to North America is pure speculation. If they do make it to our market, however, they will wage quite the battle. But what kind of weapons would they be packing?

Ford Ranger Raptor
Ford Ranger Raptor | Photo: Ford

The Ford Ranger Raptor actually exists, it just wasn’t supposed to come to North America. Now, it appears that Ford is thinking twice about that decision. The news comes from Road & Track and various social media accounts of members involved in developing the new Ranger Raptor.

In other markets, the Ranger Raptor gets a turbodiesel engine and is geared for spirited off-road driving. A new Raptor version of the Ranger would probably get either a 2.3-liter or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. Power would likely be pushing 400 hp.

If there is to be a Ford Ranger Raptor, it likely won’t be before 2022 which means North Americans will have to do with one version of the 2019 Ford Ranger for now.

Jeep Gladiator Hercules: The Perfect Ford Ranger Raptor Competitor

Jeep Gladiator Hercules
Jeep Gladiator Hercules | Photo: Jeep Gladiator Forum

The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator was one of the most important unveilings at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the Jeep Gladiator Forum is reporting that Jeep has a high-performance version of the Gladiator in mind that could be called Hercules.

Part of the rumor originated at the L.A. Auto Show when Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, hinted at an eventual performance version.

Jeep would have no shortage of available engines if it wanted to compete with a Ranger Raptor, or simply offer a high-adrenaline version of the Gladiator. They could put either a 5.7-liter V8 in there or a 6.2-liter V8 if they really wanted to go nuts, or they could use FCA’s rumored new 3.0-liter straight-six.

We’re still a ways away from doing a comparison between the Jeep Gladiator Hercules and Ford Ranger Raptor. Still, we’re allowed to dream.

New Ford Ranger Raptor Images

Jeep Gladiator Hercules Images

Source: Road&Track and Jeep Gladiator Forum

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