New Ford Ranger Raptor: Will it Come to the States?

New Ford Ranger Raptor off-road truck parked atop a rocky cliff*European Ford Ranger Raptor shown.

Enthusiasts have been asking about the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor, and we have the details for you. The Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive soon in the USA, so let's look at the essential information even though it may be some time before we see it. Our review looks at the Ford Ranger Raptor specs, price, performance, trim levels, and features. We will also look at how to make a custom version of the new 2021 Ford Ranger to soothe that Ranger Raptor urge until the time comes.

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2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Release Date

The 2021 Ford Ranger lineup entered production during December 2020. While the 2021 Ford Ranger is on sale now in Colorado Springs, it will be quite some time before we see the new Ford Ranger Raptor on sale at your local Ford dealership.

New Ford Ranger Raptor Coming Stateside?

Yes, the Ford Ranger Raptor will be coming to the States, eventually. However, it might be a little while until we see it, as the automaker is currently busy rolling the Bronco and Bronco Sport out of the plants. At the earliest, you could expect to see the Ford Ranger Raptor on sale in the USA by 2022.

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The Ultimate Off-Roading Ranger Experience

The 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor is meant to head off-road. As with European models, this off-road spec Ford Ranger will contain a beefier and sturdier off-road suspension, Terrain Management System, and a robust chassis. The new Ford Ranger Raptor features a higher ground clearance and larger ride height than the standard Ranger trucks. We expect 33-inch all-terrain tires to complete the package.

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2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Price

There is no official Ford Ranger Raptor price yet, but we expect it to be reasonable and shouldn't cost as much as the Ford F-150 Raptor,which starts around $54,000. We estimate that the new Ford Ranger Raptor will start around $42,000. It would probably cost more than the 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat,which starts at $32,910 and is the current top trim level. However, we expect it to be similarly priced to competitors, such as the Chevy Colorado ZR2 at $44,095 or the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, which starts at $45,080. Both the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma trucks are usually slightly higher priced than the Ford Ranger.

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2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Engine Options & Performance Specs

New Ford Ranger Raptor speeding down an open road with the 2.3L turbo engine roaring as it passes by

While the European Ranger Raptor uses a diesel four-cylinder under the hood, we don't expect that to be the model we receive. We also don't expect to see a Ford Ranger Raptor V8 either. All signs point to a turbocharged2.3-liter four-cylinder, such as the one found in the Ford Focus RS or under the Mustang's hood. It's capable of producing up to 350 horsepower, plus 350pound-feet of torque. We expect it to be equipped with a ten-speed automatic transmission, just like what is found on other Ranger models.

Ford Ranger Raptor Towing Capacity & Payload Rating

The standard Ranger SuperCrew is capable of hauling up to1,860 pounds when equipped with a five-foot bed. Additionally, most Ranger models can tow up to 7,500 pounds with the right equipment. Much like the F-150Raptor, the Ranger Raptor will most likely only be available on larger cab configurations like the Ranger SuperCrew, so towing and payload power should remain similar. While we don't know how these numbers will line up with the Mini Ford Raptor exactly, we know that the truck will be capable. We will update the Ford Ranger Raptor specs as soon as they are available.

2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Interior Design & Features

Front interior dashboard inside the Ford Ranger Raptor truck

Unique interior seating inside the Ford Ranger Raptor with special accents, stitching, and badging

The 2021 Ford Ranger comes with seating to hold four or five occupants, depending on the configuration. Hopefully, the new Ford Ranger Raptor offers the same options. Additionally, the interior is high-end with standard features, including a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a four-speaker sound system, and a USB port. On higher-end Ranger trim models, possibly including the Raptor, you can also find Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a navigation system, and an eight-inch touch screen. You can also opt for dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and remote start.

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2021 Ford Ranger Exterior Dimensions & Colors

Rear exterior view of the European Ford Ranger Raptor truck

The 2021 Ford Ranger dimensions measure 211″ L x 78″ W x71-72″ H, but we don't know where the Raptor model will fit in. We understand that the standard Ranger models use either 16-inch, 17-inch, or 18-inch wheels,but we hope to see something bigger to handle those off-road trails like the Raptor's 33-inch tires.

At this time, we expect that the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor length will fall right around the 211" of the original Ranger. We also assume that the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor curb weight would fall between 3,922 and 4,441pounds, while the gross vehicle weight might be right around 6,050 pounds.

While we don't know the available colors yet, we can hope that some of the four new options are available, such as Cyber Orange,Carbonized Gray, Cactus Gray, or Velocity Blue.

Custom Ford Ranger Trucks & Packages Similar to the Ranger Raptor

Off-road Tremor package available on the 2021 Ford Ranger in the United States

Until the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor appears, you might be more interested in checking out some other packages like the new Ford Ranger Tremor models. This off-road-ready truck is available with either the XLT or Lariat trim level. The Ford Ranger Tremor package includes off-road-tuned FOX 2.0monotube dampers, coil-over springs in the front and leaf springs in the rear,a lifted suspension, rear piggyback reservoirs, a six-switch auxiliary power pack, plus 32-inch Continental General Grabber tires.

Ford ROUSH Ranger

New Custom 2019-2021 Ford ROUSH Ranger Truck

While we touched on the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Package,there are other after-market custom Ford Ranger trucks you might prefer to drive while you wait for the Ranger Raptor. For example, the 2021 ROUSH Ranger trucks include the signature ROUSH grille combined with the Magnetic Gray paint, dual-LED light bars, and integrated accent lighting.

Ford Ranger Level 3 Performance Package

New 2021 Ford Ranger Level 3 Performance Package

You could also look at a Level 3 Performance Package, which adds 32-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, increased ground clearance, more power, and a front-end battering ram.

Ford Hennessy Ranger VelociRaptor

New Custom Ford Hennessy VelociRaptor Ranger Truck

Don't forget to look at the Ford Ranger Hennessy VelociRaptor Trucks, which come with some superior power.

Ford RMT Overland Ranger

New Custom 2020-2021 Ford RMT (Rocky Mountain Trucks) Overland Ranger Truck

There's also the 2021 Ford Ranger RMT (Rocky Mountain) Overland Trucks. These trucks include FOX performance parts, unique interior touches, and a three-year warranty.

APG Ford Ranger ProRunner

New Custom APG Ford Ranger ProRunner Truck

Maybe you would prefer the APG Ford Ranger ProRunner option. This truck includes a carbon fiber wide body design and along-travel suspension system.

RTR Rambler Ford Ranger

New Custom RTR Rambler Ford Ranger Truck

There's also the RTR Rambler Ford Ranger to consider. Enjoy the Fox 2.0 suspension kit, 17-inchRTR Tech wheels, and Nitto Ridge Grappler tires with this truck.

Yakima & Hellwig Ford Ranger

New Custom Ford Ranger truck with Yakima after-market off-road accessories*Yakima Ford Ranger.

New Custom Hellwig Ford Ranger Truck*Hellwig Ford Ranger.

Enthusiasts are also fond of the Yakima Ford Ranger, complete with all the off-road accessories you could want.Finally, we have to recommend the Hellwig Ford Ranger. This V8-equipped Ranger has the power and looks you are craving.

Bottom line - there's a Ranger truck that suits your needs,whether you wait for the Ranger Raptor or get a custom-built Ranger today.Before you can start building your custom Ford Ranger, you have to get a new Ford Ranger first. Check out our inventory below of the new 2021 Ford Ranger and contact us today with any questions or tell us about your custom Ford Ranger plans.

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New Ford Ranger Raptor off-road with motorcross bikes*European 2019 Ranger Raptor shown.

We don't know a lot about the new 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor yet, or exactly when a Ranger Raptor will be released in the United States, but we do know it's been insanely popular in Europe. This capable, midsize truck with an off-road performance boost has a lot to offer, and we are excited about the possible release in the States.

2020 Ford Ranger Raptor Release Date

If we were to receive the new Ford Ranger Raptor for the 2020 model year, we would expect it mid-to-late 2020. The 2019 Ranger Raptor was set to release mid-2019 in Europe. If we were to expect a similar production window, the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor would release mid-2020 in Europe. Most of the news surrounding a release of the Ranger Raptor in the States points to 2022 as the earliest possible debut.

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New Ford Ranger Raptor Stateside

We don't know the exact changes that will be made to the design or performance of the Ford Ranger Raptor in the United States compared to the 2020 Ranger Raptor we will see released in Europe. We anticipate that some specs will be different to cater to the American market such as a more comparable exterior design with the new Ford Bronco and possibly being equipped with similar engine options as well. We will have to wait and see.

Ultimate Off-Roading Experience

Ford Ranger Raptor off-road performance image collage*European 2019 Ranger Raptor shown.

What we do know about the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor is that it offers outstanding off-road capability. The 2020 Ford Ranger itself is fully capable off-road, but the Raptorized Ranger kicks it up a notch. On European models, this truck includes an ultra-strong chassis, bespoke suspension, and Terrain Management System.

New Ford Ranger Raptor Price

We think the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor price will be reasonable for the markets outside the US. By looking at the current Ford Ranger Raptor prices, we can see what to expect. For a 2019 Ranger Raptor, you would spend around $50,000 so it's possible that the 2020 Ranger Raptor price would remain close to the same without the addition of any optional packages or features. It's unclear what the exact pricing will be for the Ranger Raptor that will come stateside.

Ranger Raptor Engine Options

The 2019 Ford Ranger is equipped with a turbocharged 2.3L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that pumps out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. European models of the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor would most likely include the 2.0L twin-turbodiesel engine boasting 210 horsepower with 369 lb.-ft of torque that we saw in the 2019 Ranger Raptor. It's unclear right now if an American variant will also come with a diesel engine option or not. Most likely when the Raptor Raptor comes to the US, we will see more than one engine option. We might even see the availability of a V6 alongside a possible inclusion of a high-output Ecoboost engine that we see in the F-150 Raptor.

New Ford Ranger Raptor Performance

Dubbed the "Baby Raptor" or "Mini Raptor," the turbocharged engine on the Ranger Raptor is currently paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It shifts precisely and always finds the right gear for any driving situation. We expect the same for the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor. Extreme off-road performance has finally come to the Ranger with Fox Racing shock absorbers, increased ride height, wider tracks, improved approach/departure angles, and the all-new Watt's linkage rear suspension.

Ford Ranger Raptor Power & Handling

A 2020 Ranger Raptor will have a heavy focus on power and handling to continue the excitement that the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor spiked for off-road lovers. To manage any terrain with ease, there's no reason to believe this truck would be underpowered or unable to perform. Just looking at the European market where the Ranger Raptor already exists, we see that it's a popular truck solely for its thrilling off-road performance.

Towing Capacity & Payload

A standard 2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab tows up to 7,500 pounds. This might drop slightly with the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor because of the additional focus on off-road equipment. The 2019 Ranger Raptor towed around 5500 lbs. A standard Ford Ranger SuperCab features a six-foot bed, and the SuperCrew model has a five-foot bed. We aren't sure which one of these the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor will have, but current payload capacity equals 1,560 to 1,860 pounds. 

Interior Design

Interior design of a Ford Ranger Raptor with special Raptor decals and accents *2019 Ford Ranger Raptor interior shown.

In the current Ford Ranger, we see room for 4 people and expect the same in a 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor. Standard features would include the SYNC infotainment system. Throughout the entire cabin you will see specialized seats with the famous Raptor decal stitched into the seams alongside trims and accents for a classic Raptor vibe. It's possible that the Ranger Raptor will have several driving modes much like the F-150 Raptor.

Ranger Raptor Truck Length

We expect that the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor would measure the same as the current 2019 Ranger. Right now, the length is 210.8″.

Ford Ranger Raptor Weight

We don't know the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor curb weight but expect it to be somewhere within the current lineup. The 2019 Ford Ranger has a curb weight of 3,922 to 4,441 pounds. Just as the 2019 Ford Ranger, we expect that the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor might have a gross weight of 6,050 pounds.

New Ford Ranger Highlights

Of all the things we are most excited about with the new Ford Ranger Raptor, we love that justice has finally been served for the Ford Ranger with an off-road performance variant that this Ford truck truly deserved. The new Ford Raptor won't just apply to the F-150 any longer, the Ranger joins the fray. This midsize truck continues to blow away the competition, and we can't wait to see what's coming next. Visit Phil Long Ford of Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs to get your hands on the wheel of a 2019 Ford Ranger or a Ford Ranger Raptor once it becomes available in the States. 

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