A Ford insider has confirmed that there will indeed be a high-performance Raptor for the new, recently-revealed F-150 pickup.
Ford revealed its new F-150 pickup in the ‘States last week and while you may be disappointed that we don’t get these full-size bakkies in South Africa, there’s some solace in knowing that the burly F-150 may point to what’s coming in the next Ford Ranger. Also, there may very well be features offered in the F-150 that we will see in the Ranger here in South Africa.
The latest news, however, pertains to the performance offroader, the F-150 Raptor, which appears to have been confirmed as a 2021 model in a report by Motor1. Why is this significant? Well, if true, the F-150 Raptor will be launched well-ahead of the next-generation Ranger Raptor and it may point to technology that will similarly find its way into the next-generation Ranger Raptor, particularly in terms of suspension development. As with the F-150, styling cues such as the new headlight, grille and bumper design are likely to be carried over to the Raptor, albeit in a more aggressive form.
Also, the new F-150 features, among many other features, a new 8.0- or top-spec12.0-inch infotainment screen (with SYNC4) and an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which we hope will feature in the new forthcoming Ranger.
There are, however, a few crucial parts to this puzzle that still need to fall into place. We have yet to see an F-150 Raptor prototype undergoing testing, which will partially confirm it’s future arrival and powertrain details have yet to be confirmed too and there is no current indication if the Raptor will forge on with its 336 kW 3.5-litre V6 engine.
A report from Australia earlier this year suggested that the next Ranger will feature a 3.0-litre V6 engine with no less than 186 kW and 600 Nm while the Ranger Raptor could employ the same engine but with higher outputs, which will be welcome improvements over the current Ranger Raptor.
We will keep you updated as soon as more details become available in the coming weeks and months.