WATCH: Ford reveals Europe-bound next-gen Ranger Raptor

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Ford has just revealed the Europe-bound next-gen Ranger Raptor, and it's definitely better than Chris Pratts’. According to the Blue Oval brand, the second-generation Ranger Raptor raises the off-road performance bar as a pickup built for true enthusiasts, making it a vehicle that’s built to dominate in the desert, master the mountains, and rule everywhere in between.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When will the next-gen Ranger Raptor be released in Europe?

    It will be released in Europe in the last quarter of this year.
  • What Ford division developed the next-gen Ranger Raptor?

    The next-gen Ranger Raptor was developed by Ford Performance, the brand's high-performance division.
  • The new Ford Ranger Raptor is developed by Ford Performance and is the most advanced Ranger ever. Thanks to a combination of smarter technology and tougher next-gen hardware, the next-gen Ranger Raptor blends raw power with mechanical and technical precision.

    “We’ve really focused on delivering a genuine performance truck with the next-gen Ranger Raptor. It’s significantly faster, looks incredible, is packed with new features, and it’s the toughest Ranger we’ve ever made,” said Ford Performance Chief Program Engineer for Ranger Raptor Dave Burn.

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    Ford Europe has released a sick video of the next-gen Ranger Raptor on its official YouTube channel. You can check it out here.

    The Euro-spec Ford Ranger Raptor boasts a tough and athletic look.

    At the front end are C-clamp headlamps with matrix LED headlights, LED DRLs, predictive curve lights, glare-free high beams, and auto dynamic leveling. Its side profile features muscular 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Raptor-exclusive performance all‑terrain tires, functional air vents, and tough, grippy cast-aluminum side steps. At the rear are LED taillamps and a rear bumper finished in Precision Grey paint with an integrated step pad and towbar tucked up high to avoid compromising the pickup truck’s departure angle.

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    “Everything designed for the Ranger Raptor is there for a reason. We’re communicating what Raptor can do just by the way it looks,” said Ranger Raptor Exterior Design Manager Dave Dewitt.

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    Drivers will immediately notice the next-gen Ranger Raptor’s premium leather sports heated steering wheel complete with thumb swells, on-center marking, and cast-magnesium paddle shifters.

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    Past that is a 12.4‑inch all-digital instrument cluster highlighted with Code Orange accents which can also be found inside the new Ranger Raptor’s trims and seats. Taking center stage is a 12-inch infotainment system equipped with Ford’s new-generation Sync 4A connectivity and entertainment system that delivers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Audio will be played through a 10-speaker B&O sound system.

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    Under the hood is an all-new twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine tuned by Ford’s very own high-performance division. The souped-up powerplant is said to make 284 horses with 491Nm of torque.

    It was not clear what transmission options will come with the new engine, but according to Ford Europe, the next-gen Ranger Raptor’s gasoline mill has been tuned to deliver an immediate response to throttle inputs.

    “The 3.0-liter engine brings a different dynamic to the Ranger Raptor that will satisfy even the most hardcore performance enthusiast. The acceleration and raw performance of the new powertrain leave you grinning from ear-to-ear,” said Burn.

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    Complementing the powerful engine is a suite of off-road performance hardware upgrades. These include Raptor-specific elements such as mounts and reinforcements for C-pillar, load box, and spare wheel, as well as unique frames for the jounce bumper, shock tower, and rear shock bracket. In addition, Ford’s engineers also reworked the suspension, giving the next-gen Raptor all-new tough yet lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms and a refined Watt’s link rear end.

    The next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor will also come with the next-generation Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shock absorbers filled with Teflon‑infused oil to reduce friction by around 50 percent. The race-proven Fox Bottom-Out Control technology protects the next-gen pickup truck from severe bottom-outs.

    Other off-road-specific hardware includes a front bash plate made from 2.3mm-thick high-strength steel and twin-rated tow hooks at the front and rear of the pickup truck.

    “The suspension upgrades in the Ranger Raptor make the most of the new Fox Live Valve dampers. The suspension adapts in real-time to enable exceptional on-road body control while absorbing corrugations and bigger ruts off-road with ease, ensuring maximum control and performance,” Burn said.

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    Deliveries of the next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor in Europe are expected to begin in the final quarter of 2022.

    Photos from Ford

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