The Ford Ranger Raptor has eluded us in the United States so far. It’s been on sale in other markets and regions around the world for several years. Rumors say the U.S. is getting a Ranger Raptor in its next generation as a 2024 and 2025 model.
Thanks to our friend Miha from Slovenia and the Avtohisa Cepin dealership – we have this hands-on video review and look at the current Ranger Raptor in Europe. Miha is a current owner of a Ford Ranger Wildtrak edition. Will this review convince him to switch to a Raptor?
If you are curios about the Ranger Wildtrak, here is the first video in this series that focuses on the Wildtrak and how it compares to the United States version of the Ranger FX4.
The U.S.-spec Ford Ranger and the Ford Bronco are built at the same facility in Wayne, Michigan. The Bronco currently offers a 2.3-liter turbocharged I4 engine, a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Bronco Raptor. Will Ford mimic this powertrain and model lineup for the upcoming 2024 Ford Ranger? We don’t know this for sure yet, but it is possible.
Will the 2024+ Ford Ranger Raptor be a beastly midsize pickup truck on 37s? We have not seen any prototypes that suggest Ford will put the next Ranger Raptor on large 37-inch all-terrain tires. It is more likely that the next U.S. Ranger Raptor will ride on 34s or 35s – which should make it more than capable.
However, the next Ranger will also have to contend against the new turbocharged Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. These offer up to 7,700 lbs of maximum towing capacity and up to 430 lb-ft of torque.
Here is a look at the European Ranger Raptor!