Spied with Left-Hand Drive! Could the U.S. Get a Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor After All? (Video)

2019 Ranger Raptor - global
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Ranger5G Forums spotted the Ranger Raptor testing stateside.

When Ford first introduced the all-new Ranger Raptor, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the truck would actually make its way to the U.S. The global model debuted in Thailand showed off a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel. Given the state of diesels in the U.S. market, we weren’t quite so sure that truck would make it stateside. The diesel equipped in overseas Ranger Raptors is good for 211 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The standard U.S.-spec Ranger FX4 will get Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, although rumors suggested the Raptor will get the more powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine. In the upcoming Edge ST, that engine is slated to make 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Either engine would come with Ford’s increasingly common 10-speed automatic transmission. But up until recently, whether the Ranger Raptor is heading to the U.S. at all has been conjecture. Ford hasn’t officially announced the truck yet, but we (and most others) feel Ford would miss a huge opportunity by not bringing the Raptor to the U.S. market.

Now, there seems to be some more confirmation that we are, in fact, getting a Ranger Raptor for our market. Ranger5G forums spotted a left-hand drive Raptor testing in the U.S. with Michigan manufacturer plates. That should make the prospect more exciting for those anxiously awaiting Ford’s announcement of the F-150 Raptor’s baby brother. The truck has the signature Raptor decals, and per the Ranger5G forums, “the engine emitted that all too familiar diesel clang heard on earlier prototypes.

[Photo: Ford]

Video shows off the new Ranger Raptor testing

The video below – shot by Ranger5G forums –  offers some indication that we may be getting the diesel after all. We’ll have to wait and see what the official powertrains will be when the truck debuts. Stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for more updates!