According to the social media postings of a few Ford engineers, it’s likely, but not on the current generation of the Ford Ranger. While we are now seeing the 2019 Ranger arrive at dealerships in the U.S., the current iteration has been in production in other parts of the world since 2011 with variants like the Wildtrak. And now the 2019 Ranger Raptor.
While details surrounding a North American Ranger Raptor release are scant, there are a few key pieces of info that make the possibility seem more plausible. For instance, the 2019 Ranger Raptor was codenamed “Project Redback” while it was being developed by Ford for markets outside of the U.S. According to Ford engineers, that same codename is to be used on an upcoming project involving a new chassis currently in development for the next generation Ranger and Bronco. That has also led to speculation about a Bronco Raptor in the future but there aren’t any details confirming that yet.
The reason for North America missing out on the Ranger Raptor this time around wasn’t just a random decision by Ford. The decision was made based on the success of the F-150 Raptor in the U.S. (Ford’s supply not meeting demand) and diesel’s poor reputation there, seeing as the Ranger Raptor uses a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel I4. Maybe we’ll see an engine change when, and if, it hits our shores but only time will tell.