The renewed expansion of light trucks on the U.S. market goes on. The well-known Ranger pickup truck is coming back and latest reports suggest the arrival of the hi-performance version too. This version is about to come next year, as 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor.
As you may presume, it will come with a bunch of upgrades, compared to the standard model. To remind you, the standard model comes heavily based on the Australian version of this truck, with updated styling and several mechanical upgrades. This one will continue with more and more modifications, offering spectacular off-road performance and more rugged styling.
Of course, expect a new engine under the hood, considering that the Australian Raptor comes with a diesel engine, which isn’t the first choice for most North American drivers. Expect to see 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor in the next year.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Design
The Ranger is coming back to the U.S. market. After many years of absence, it will once again drive on the roads of North America, thanks to the fact that mid-size trucks are becoming more and more popular these days. The standard model is ready to hit the market and it will come with several modifications compared to the Australian, T6, version. Of course, you can easily presume that there are lots of design solutions borrowed from the full-size F-150, which came a few years ago with some revolutionary design approaches. The new model will utilize some of those super-light materials and make the truck much lighter. Of course, it will get lots of visual upgrades as well. This refers to both exterior and interior design.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Mechanics
The 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor will go even further with modifications. Compared to standard models, it will come with all those off-road upgrades. Of course, the most important are things like chassis reinforcements and new off-road suspension. Speaking of the suspension, you can expect something similar to the F-150 Raptor. That would mean things like Watts Link rear suspension, extended-travel Fox Racing shocks etc. Of course, expect to see heavy-duty off-road tires as well. Those are just some of the off-road upgrades we could presume at the moment. Of course, the company will come with a full batch of small details that will make the ride better.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Styling
Just like with the F-150, this Raptor will also be more than just a performance upgrade. It is also about the style. So, we should see lots of new visual details on it. Of course, expect to see the same overall shape as on standard models, but plenty of unique details as well. One of the most notable things will be lots of black plastics surfaces, including a grille large “Ford” lettering. Basically, a heavily-inspired F-150 Raptor visual approach. This also includes a unique wheels design, massive underbody protection and much more.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Interior
The interior design is another aspect where we expect to see lots of distinctive details. More precise info about the new cabin is still unknown but we are pretty sure that the basics will be the same as on the standard model. In terms of cab design, expect two rows of seating and lots of equipment. The Australian Raptor doesn’t feature too many distinctive details compared to the standard model. This one should. Of course, you can expect things like unique color schemes, new pedals, lots of sporty chrome or aluminum trim and similar things. “Raptor” badges are another thing you should expect to see around the cabin on several places, including dashboards, headrests etc. As we’ve just mentioned, you should also expect a lot of standard equipment. Although primarily a performance truck, the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor should come with all those tech features and plenty of comfort and convenience.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Engine
The engine is still a mystery. The Australian version comes with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, which is good for about 210 horsepower. Without any doubt, it is an amazing unit, but oil-burners definitely aren’t something most of U. S. drivers would prefer, especially if we talk about performance trucks.
The new North American version is about to feature a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which is good for about 280 horsepower and comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Naturally, we would expect something more powerful for this occasion. A new 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost seems like a perfect choice for this occasion. It is another extremely efficient engine, which comes in several variants, depending on the model it powers. For this occasion, we will probably see the same version that is used for the Edge ST, which is good for about 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Once again, expect to see a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Release Date and Price
We are still waiting to get some official details about the new 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor release date. According to unofficial reports, this version should come pretty soon, sometime in the next year. When it comes to the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor price, it should go somewhere between 35.000 and 40.000 dollars.
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Competition
This segment of mid-size off-road truck already has two serious players, so the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor will have a really hard task to get positioned high on the market. The first one is Chevy Colorado ZR2, which comes with a potent V6 engine and also feature plenty of standard equipment. It is both capable and comfortable, thanks to a well-equipped cabin. On the other side, its weak point is price, which goes pretty high.
The other one is Toyota Tacoma, with it’s two off-road versions – TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. Both models feature pretty much the same mechanics. Despite their engine has less power, its design provides spectacular off-road performances, which will 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor hardly beat. The TRD Off-Road focused of performances, while the TRD Pro could be considered as some kind of an upgrade, which keeps the same level of capabilities but also adds lots of standard equipment for more comfort and convenience. It is also a lot more expensive.