The current Ranger Raptor may be a bit of an off-roading halo car abroad, the truck has yet to hit American soil. This is changing for the 2022 model year with the introduction of the new mid-size truck, but there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the off-roader’s powertrain. According to a new report from Car Advice, the 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive with a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 in between its muscled fenders.
According to the report, the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor is slated to arrive with the same 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine as the upcoming Bronco Raptor, which currently does duty in the Explorer ST. The new engine is slated to be offered with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission as the sole option. In the sporty SUV, the powertrain is good for 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, which isn’t terribly far off from the figures found in the F-150 Raptor. Furthermore, this amount of power would be a huge step up from what the Ranger Raptor’s diesel four-pot currently offers, which clocks in at 210 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Fans and buyers of the off-roading mid-sizer have been clamoring for more power for a while now, though we think that the truck’s introduction to the U.S. has more to do with this development than anything. A small displacement diesel doesn’t fit with the image that Ford has crafted for the Raptor nameplate here in the States, especially not in a model as highly anticipated as the souped up Ranger. This is doubly true when you consider that the Ford Ranger Raptor will be doing battle with established trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
While we can all be a little sad that we won’t be getting the 5.0L V8-powered Ranger of our dreams from the factory, the addition of the 3.0L EcoBoost engine should help to make the European legend right at home here in America.