Could our dreams come true?
At last, the Ranger lives again. The trucks are on lots, the ads are blaring in between innings, they're starting to trickle into the streets, and now suspicions of a high-performance offering have been reinforced. We're giddy to announce that a Ranger "Raptor" was recently spied roaming the streets of Detroit.
Since its return, enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting to see if the blue oval would grant them the forbidden fruit that is the Ranger Raptor. Meanwhile, industry experts crushed hopes, saying that it might cut into the success of the F-150 Raptor.
As for me? I spotted this beauty just outside of Melbourne, Australia, just this past February:
But that comes as no bombshell. The Ranger has been part of the Aussie trade-y stable for some time now where it has earned a reputation for being a proper ute, especially with the 3.2-L inline five-cylinder diesel. So I wouldn't be surprised to see either a "Raptor" or diesel variant in the next couple years. And that's a very, very good thing.
The current turbo-inline-four that powers the new Ranger isn't necessarily what you would call underpowered. In fact, quite the opposite. But when it comes to bragging, it helps to have at least six slugs under the hood. The good news is that sources say the left-hand-drive "Raptor" sounded like it was a V6, which we pray has a few snails (turbochargers) stuck to it.
Rumor has it, that it's a 2022 model -- or enough time to buy a 2019 Ranger and, in a few years, upgrade. Just try to control the drooling.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the new Ranger? Why or why not? Let us know!