Following the launch of the all-new Ford Ranger late last year, it’s now turn for the souped-up Ranger Raptor to make its debut. Ford has just dropped a brand-new teaser for the upcoming 2022 Ranger Raptor on the Ford News Europe YouTube channel, announcing that the Baja-ready off-road racer will finally be unveiled on the 22nd of February at 3 PM Malaysian time.
The fresh teaser video shows a camouflaged prototype of the flagship Ranger playing around in its natural habitat, catching some serious air and putting its upgraded suspension to work.
While the camouflage hides most of its design details, we can definitely see that the all-new 2022 Ranger Raptor will come with chunky front and rear fenders, enhanced underbody protection, and an increased ground clearance over the stock Ranger thanks to the larger, meatier tyres and reworked suspension geometry.
The grille and bonnet also appears to be different to the standard truck, alongside redesigned bumpers – although we’ll have to wait for the Raptor’s official launch to confirm. The full roll cage on the interior along with the bucket seats in the stripped out cabin, however, should be for testing purposes only.
We still don’t know what the powertrain will be underneath the bonnet, but the engine’s soundtrack from the previous teaser seems to suggest that it’ll be a petrol-powered unit, rather than the twin-turbo diesel from the outgoing model.
Rumours seem to suggest a turbocharged Ecoboost V6 engine: either a reworked twin-turbo 2.7-litre unit from the Ford Bronco, or the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 from the Explorer. The gearshift pedals behind the steering wheel should belong to the 10-speed automatic transmission as seen in the previous generation.
Either way, expect more of everything compared to the standard Ford Ranger truck, and you’re pretty much there. We already can’t wait to see it in action.