According to Motor1, the testing prototype isn’t any Ford Ranger. No, the additional ground clearance and beefy tires suggest that we are dealing with an off-road, high-performance truck, which is most probably the future U.S-spec Ford Ranger Raptor.
Even though it doesn’t look that way at first glance, the model which will be available in North America only will be especially different from the pickup truck that has been sold overseas.
The key difference is hiding under the hood of course. Outside of U.S., the mid-size workhorse comes coupled with a four-cylinder diesel mill. On the other hand, the U.S-spec Ford Ranger Raptor will burn its big tires on another way. Unofficially, the carmaker will use its awesome 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine capable of producing 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The mighty V6 unit will send power to all four wheels.
In addition to the evidently big wheels and tires and lumbering ground clearance, the prototype comes paired with dual exhaust tips and prominent skid plate. Although interesting, the details are not too important, because the production model won’t look like this at all. No, the actual baby Raptor will be based on the new-gen Ranger, so it should get new styling cues and platform, as well as Ford’s latest technologies.
The next-generation Ranger won’t arrive before 2021, which means that the U.S.-spec Ranger Raptor isn’t close at all. It also means that there will be more testing mules in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.