Ford has something special coming early next year.
After launching the all-new Ranger yesterday, the Blue Oval sneaked in a QR code towards the end of the live-streamed launch. The code takes you to a hidden page at the company's Ford Australia website that plays a teaser video.
No vehicle was shown, but the video does treat us to a thunderous exhaust note along with a February 2022 launch date. Given the circumstances, it seems Ford let us listen to the all-new Ranger Raptor exhaust.
Based on reports, the next-generation Ranger Raptor will not be using a twin-turbo diesel engine like the current model. Instead, the high-performance pick-up will reportedly come with a new gasoline twin-turbo V6 engine. The spy shots from last week also showed the supposed new Ranger Raptor will have a twin exit exhaust layout, different from the standard Ranger.
But which engine could this be? Ford currently has the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 found in the F-150 and Bronco and the larger 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that powers the Explorer ST. Should the pick-up get the former, it could produce 310 PS with 542 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the latter generates 405 PS and 562 Nm of torque. Like the Ranger Raptor currently on sale, it might continue to use a ten-speed automatic transmission.
With the all-new Range Raptor supposedly getting V6 power, does this mean the 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine will no longer be available? It's possible. At the same time, Ford could also offer the Raptor with two different engines depending on the market. But with Ford not yet releasing any official statement regarding the matter, it looks like we'll all just have to wait and see.
Do you think Ford will actually equip the Ranger Raptor with a twin-turbo gasoline V6? Let us know in the comments.
*Main image is only a render and is not an official Ford photograph