Upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor to rely on 2-liter turbodiesel engine

Yes, diesel, you read that right

Reports from the Land Down Under are saying that the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor will be a diesel.

According to The Motor Report and Drive, the performance Ranger ute which will inherit the Raptor nameplate is coming to the market with diesel power.

To be more precise, a 2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that has its output undisclosed for now. However, the same reports claim the engine would fit under Ford’s EcoBlue diesel umbrella and would make at least 150 kW (200 hp) and 470 Nm (347 lb-ft) of twist courtesy of two turbochargers.

If that’s true, these figures would match the levels of grunt of the existing 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel available for current Ranger models.

Also on the mechanical side, we could see the ten-speed automatic gearbox handling the powerplant’s resources and an updated suspension system (maybe featuring the Fox shocks already used by the Ford F-150 Raptor), four-wheel disc brakes and extra body armor.

Do note that the Ranger Raptor’s R&D works are coordinated by Ford Australia’s engineering division so the power ute is likely to debut on the Aussie market first – maybe mid-2018 before making the jump to the US of A in 2019.