The Ford Ranger is . But Ford didn't bring it back without teasing us with a hardcore variant of the Ranger that won't be sold in the US, the Ranger Raptor. We asked Ford if there was a shot of the Raptor making it to our shores, but that the current Raptor was not designed for the North American market.
While we think it's too late in the lifecycle of the current Ranger to design a Raptor variant for North America, we speculated that , and according to social media profiles for Ford engineers, we might have been right.
The current Ranger has been in production in other parts of the world since 2011. It carries an internal project code of P375 will continue to be in production for a few more years; we're likely to see a next generation Ranger in 2022. This new truck has a project code of P703 and shares much of its design with the upcoming Bronco. The frames for both the next generation Ranger and Bronco are being launched by the same team at Modatek, according to social media profiles for engineers.
Small details about this next generation Ranger have been shared on social media and around the web, but a recently posted project description shows that a Chassis Engineer has been working on a Ranger Raptor with the P703 code, and it's described as being for the North American market. This engineer has also worked on the current version of the Ranger for North America, which is known as the P375N, as well as the current version of the Ranger Raptor for other parts of the world.
According to further social media profiles and sources inside Ford, this new Ranger Raptor is likely to be called “Project Redback” internally, the same project name used while the current P375 Ranger Raptor was in development. Since the chassis design for the next generation Ranger and Bronco is being handled by the same team, it is possible that we might also see a Bronco Raptor, but we have not seen any clues yet that would point to it explicitly.
We expect the next generation Ranger to be revealed in 2022 with the Raptor following a little later. No details are currently known regarding engine and transmission choices, but it's likely that a North American-spec Ranger Raptor would be powered by a gasoline EcoBoost engine instead of a diesel like the current one that is available in other parts of the world.
We asked Ford for confirmation on our findings and they stated that they “don’t comment on speculation about future products” and that they “have no announcements to make about a Ranger Raptor for North American customers,” not shocking, especially considering we're still a few years out and the Ranger has just returned to the US.