Ahead of the Ranger Raptor’s introduction in the US market, automaker Ford has filed patents in Australia for the model which has revealed not only small aesthetic changes, but also a big one that won’t immediately be seen. The changes made have been designed to better suit the taste of US & North American markets, though there’s one particular change that’s being made that we hope makes its way down to Australia too.
We’re not talking about the unique sports bar or the sliding rear window, though they’d be nice additions for our market. What Ranger5G Forum uncovered with the patent filings is what cannot be seen: The power plant for the US-market Ranger Raptor.
What’s being reported is that it’ll ditch the 2.0-litre 157kW Panther biturbo diesel engine that we get here, something that local & regional Ford executives hailed as ‘the only considered option’ for the Ranger Raptor, in favour of a brawnier turbo petrol engine. It won’t be the 3.5-litre V6 out of the F-150 Raptor though, but the 2.7-litre V6 from the Ford Edge ST or the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine from the Mustang & Focus ST are possible options.
It’s hitherto unclear if the US Ranger Raptor will retain the 10-speed automatic gearbox that our Panther-powered model gets, but we certainly hope so, as the Ranger Raptor’s powertrain here has proven itself to be quite the jack-of-all-trades. It’s also unsure if we’ll see the option of petrol power anytime soon: At launch, Ford’s local executives repeatedly hammered home that the Panther mill was the only one considered for the region, and that was seemingly the end of that. But we can hope, right?