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

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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