What We Want in a Ford Ranger Raptor (If We Ever Get One)

CARS.COM — Earlier this month in Thailand, Ford suggested a new Ranger Raptor, an off-road-focused chronicle of a globally accessible Ranger mid-size pickup truck. The Ranger has been absent from a shores for some time though is returning for a 2019 indication year. Will a Ranger Raptor be fasten a humbler siblings? Ford hasn’t reliable or denied anything nonetheless – though we can dream, can’t we?

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First and foremost, we only wish one. The F-150 Raptor is some of a many fun we can have on 4 wheels true from a factory. Assuming a wish is granted, what do we wish to see on a Ranger Raptor in a U.S.?

Engine Options

The Ranger Raptor suggested for a tellurian marketplace is powered by a new bi-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine. The Ranger for a U.S. will primarily be accessible with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine. Both are corresponding to a 10-speed involuntary transmission. Our editors would like to see additional options accessible for a Raptor here: maybe a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 from a F-150? Or, if it’s going to stay diesel-only, because not a turbo-diesel 3.2-liter five-cylinder from a Ford Transit in a sportier tune? The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is accessible with a diesel engine, so that wouldn’t be unprecedented.

Lose Some Weight

The F-150 Raptor is positively able and fun. But there’s a problem: All a things that make it so able and fun supplement weight, creation a load ability significantly lower. Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman is disturbed a Ranger Raptor competence humour a same fate.

“Pull some things out, or how about we give people an choice of a smaller cab as good as a four-door?” Bragman pleaded.

More Choice

Speaking of giving shoppers options, what about trim or pricing levels for a Raptor? PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams would “really like them to offer during slightest dual levels of trim dressing: one for price-conscious buyers, a other for mid-size buyers that don’t caring too most about price.”

He also suggests adding bed options for storing off-road liberation gear, a package focused on holding a Ranger Raptor to remote locales, or even a “Rescue Raptor” package for saving those who finish adult in off-road situations where they shouldn’t be, intentionally or not.

Cool Factor

Not only focused on practicality, Williams recommends giving a Ranger Raptor a programmable empty complement like a Mustang. Quiet for bland pushing and additional shrill for bombing by a desert, with in-between settings, as well.

Those are only some of a things we’d like to see in a Ranger Raptor for a U.S., though if it comes here and offers identical capabilities as a F-150 Raptor large brother, we’ll be hard-pressed to protest even if it has nothing of a above.

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Brian Normile handles a scheduling and logistics for press vehicles in Chicago and during a multivehicle challenges. He still drives his initial car, a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. Email Brian

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