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Ford brought the midsize Ranger pickup to the U.S. for the 2019 model year. The truck has earned strong reviews, though enthusiasts have complained about the lack of a V6 engine option — available on rivals like the Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevy Colorado — and Ford not opting to produce the performance Raptor trim for Americans. Ford may resolve those concerns very soon.
The next Ranger should arrive for the 2022 model year. According to a report from the Australian website CarExpert, Ford is planning to offer a V6 with the new truck and will use it power a U.S. market version of the Ranger Raptor.
The report says the engine will be a second-generation version of Ford’s turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that puts out 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. It will pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel-drive with a selectable low-range gear. The site expects that engine to be an option on the new Bronco, which will share a platform with the Ranger, as well.
Bringing the Ranger Raptor over to the U.S., finally, makes a great deal of sense for Ford. The market for pricey performance trim midsize trucks has been well established by the Colorado ZR2 Bison and Jeep Gladiator builds exceeding $60,000. Losing sales outright to competition in the highly competitive midsize segment may be more of an issue than a Ranger Raptor undercutting sales for the full-size F-150 Raptor.
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