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Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup

Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup

Ford will reveal the new F-150 Lightning EV on May 19, 2021!

Update: 5/20/2021 The Ford F-150 Lightning has been revealed, so head over to our in-depth coverage of America’s best electric truck to learn more about it!

It’s been a while since FoMoCo’s train-pulling PR stunt came to further hype the arrival of the all-electric Ford F-150. As Ford has been rather tight-lipped lately about its full-electric pickup truck, we thought we’d have a look at what we know up until this point and what we should expect expect from the electric F-150. Here’s what we can report for the time being.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

From a V-8 engine to Baja-Bronco like treatment; this is everything you can expect from the Ford Bronco Raptor

The 2021 Ford Bronco has been the talk of the town since it was unveiled. The off-roader was, arguably, the most anticipated model this year, and it would be fair to say that it didn’t disappoint. But we enthusiasts are a greedy bunch and still want a Raptor version of the Bronco. That’s like asking for an off-road version of an off-roader! The Bronco comes with most of the stuff needed, but a Raptor trim could push things beyond the boundaries. Also, the Bronco has taken part in Baja 1000 before it was reincarnated, so that makes having a Raptor version even more imperative, and it could further cement the new off-roader’s place in the segment.

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The Ford F-150 PHEV Will Have Enough Electric Range to Get You Down the Driveway

The Ford F-150 PHEV Will Have Enough Electric Range to Get You Down the Driveway

Plug it in for 10 miles of range? This is the truck equivalent of an iPhone 6!

Since the electric F-150 is still some time away, the focus has been on the plug-in hybrid version of the truck lately. What made this news even interesting was that the hybrid version would be based on the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine. Basically, a lot of hopes were pinned on this hybrid mill considering it would serve as a bridge between the internal combustion engine range to a pure electric truck and would give us an idea of what to expect.

Well, as it turns out, Ford just pulled one over on us. According to Car And Driver, the PHEV F-150 will run only 10 miles on electric electric before switching back to gas. So much for all the buzz surrounding the mill.

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Ford is Dropping the SuperCab Configuration for the Next-Gen F-150 Raptor

Ford is Dropping the SuperCab Configuration for the Next-Gen F-150 Raptor

A VIN decoder for the new F-150 says so

The 2021 F-150’s engine options were recently leaked and we have a basic idea of what drivetrains to expect from the upcoming model.

The new F-150 was also spotted with the camouflage on. However, we had not heard anything about the F-150 Raptor. Now that the 2021 Ford F-150 is on the horizon, it only makes sense to talk about the Raptor’s future as well. Well, it looks like Ford will be dropping the F-150 Raptor SuperCab from the lineup. According to a VIN decoder, the two-door version of the off-roader will be retired with the current model itself and Ford will sell the Raptor SuperCrew only. Is it a good idea?

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Ford's Latest Patent Filing Hints at the Name of the New Baby Bronco

Ford’s Latest Patent Filing Hints at the Name of the New Baby Bronco

Ford says that simply getting the trademark for some names doesn’t mean they’ll actually be used. We don’t buy it

The Ford Bronco is the next hot thing in the world of SUVs. Relying on the cache built up by the original Bronco that was discontinued in 1996, the new model is tipped to sell in big numbers if Ford gets the recipe right and revives an off-roader revered for its no-nonsense attitude. We’re now hearing that the name ’Scout,’ along with the ’Bronco Scout’ moniker are in the process of being trademarked by Ford through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The ’Scout’ name can either refer to the upcoming ’Baby Bronco’ or just a trim level of the Bronco itself.

Information has been thin regarding the 2021 Ford Bronco, which is set to go into production this year. We’ve heard a lot of rumors, but few can be checked and considered as facts. For instance, we’ve heard that the Bronco will come with either two or four doors and a removable soft top option will be available as Ford plans to take on the Jeep Wrangler - a rumor backed by these patent fillings. We also reported that the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2021 Ford Bronco will sport the same underpinnings and that the Bronco might be fitted with a seven-speed manual after all. Let’s let the rumor mill spin a bit more and talk about the Scout.

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Leaked Images Show Off the 2021 Ford Ranger Long Before Its Scheduled Debut

Leaked Images Show Off the 2021 Ford Ranger Long Before Its Scheduled Debut

There go all the articles discussing any rumors about what the 2021 Range might look like

Wait, what? It’s barely been a year since the fourth-generation Ranger, that marks the nameplate’s return to the North American market, was shown at the Detroit Auto Show and now we get to see the next one? Apparently, this is actually true, and you are looking at a car that you shouldn’t have seen for at least two more years, the fifth-generation Ranger that will share its platform with the upcoming Amarok, both models destined for the European and African markets.

When manufacturers are preparing to launch a new vehicle, they go about their business in a tried and tested way. They either try to take the test mules out on the road either in more secluded areas where there’s less of a likelihood that someone with a camera, hiding in a bush, might be tracking down their movements or, when city testing or highway testing are on order, they wrap the vehicle in question in as odd a camouflage pattern as possible. The point of the camo is to deter those that try to pick out the new model’s key aesthetic features that differentiate it from the older one or, in case of brand-new standalone models, to make it hard for folks to figure out whether or not that model is bringing with it a new design language or not. Basically, most often, it’s a game of hiding your hand in plain sight.

This time, though, it seems like an Australian automotive outlet got its hands on some leaked images. We know that the T6 generation of the Ranger built for international markets (although it did debut in the U.S. as well in 2018) was conceived by Ford Australia and, most probably, the engineers Down Under are now working on the upcoming international model because the T6 has been around since 2011 although it received a facelift in 2015. Obviously, with the T6 Ranger arriving in the U.S. last year and selling well, don’t expect what you see in these pictures to spot rolling down American roads pretty soon.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed In Social Media Post

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed In Social Media Post

Will the Blue Oval’s latest snake leave us charmed?

If you love a thumping big V-8, tire-shredding RWD power, and all the attitude that goes with it, you’re spoiled for choice. Indeed, there’s no shortage of badass muscle cars out there these days, and now, it looks like Ford is getting in on the fun with a new Mustang Shelby GT500, as revealed in a recent Instagram post by user sinister_lifestyle.

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Leaked Document: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have 710HP; Weigh 4,200 Lbs

Leaked Document: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have 710HP; Weigh 4,200 Lbs

It’s hard to make out these numbers without any substantiated confirmations from Ford

A leaked product sheet for the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 reveals that the mighty muscle car will have a whopping output of 720 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the uptick in power, the product sheet also shows that the Shelby GT500 will 4,225 pounds, almost 300 hundred pounds heavier than its predecessor. The document looks skeptical, so even with these headline-grabbing numbers, it’s hard to trust what it says without any word from Ford itself.

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First Official Image of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Shows a Big Hood Vent and Carbon Wing

First Official Image of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Shows a Big Hood Vent and Carbon Wing

Racing stripes come standard

The most menacing sixth-gen Mustang yet, the Shelby GT500, is coming for the 2020 model year, and Ford just launched the first official photo of the car via Motor Trend. The teaser shows the top of the beefed-up coupe and some of its aggressive design and aerodynamic features.

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Will Ford Surprise us With a 2017 Mustang Shelby GT500?

Will Ford Surprise us With a 2017 Mustang Shelby GT500?

Search for "GT500" in Google and see what happens!

The Ford Mustang has always been an iconic muscle car, but the sixth-gen model that debuted for the 2015 model year just so happens to be the most iconic of all. The sixth-gen model brought about an all-new design language, a brand-new platform with independent rear suspension, and more importantly, it became the first generation of Mustang to find itself in Ford dealerships over in Europe. So far, Ford has launched the first performance variant of the sixth-gen Mustang – the Shelby GT350 – but we’ve seen spy shots of an even more aggressive version, telling us that a Shelby GT500 is likely in the books. So far, we’ve been expecting to see it for the 2018 model year, but it looks like Ford just might bring that bad boy out for the 2017 model year.

No word has come down from for, at least not directly, but if you do a quick Google search for “gt500” one of the first results is Ford’s website with the listing: "2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 | The Cobra of Performance Cars…” The URL is even “www.ford.com/cars/mustang/trim/shelbygt500.” When you click on the link, it takes you straight to the 2017 Mustang model page, but the URL remains the same, indicating we may see the most powerful version of the Mustang much sooner than we expected.

If the Shelby GT500 does really go on sale as a 2017 model, then Ford needs to get this baby into the public view as soon as possible. That means we could see it in the metal as early as the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and if not there, the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. At this time, there’s no word as to what will power the beast, but rumors have suggested a twin-turbo V-8 (a big departure from the supercharged mills of the past) that could boast anywhere between 700 to 800 horsepower. It would also sport a performance braking package from Brembo, a race-bred suspension, and probably Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. More importantly, it should be powerful enough to take on models like the Chevy Camaro ZL1, and anything with a Hellcat badge.

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Ford Might Scrap Plans for the Focus RS500 After All

Ford Might Scrap Plans for the Focus RS500 After All

Super hot hatch isn’t a slam dunk to be built anymore

The dreaded “business case.” A lot of cars, some of which we were excited to see, have fallen by the wayside because automakers couldn’t find a good “business case” for them. The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge comes to mind as one of the more recent examples. Now it’s looking like the Ford Focus RS500 is going to give it some company, Ford’s souped-up version of the Focus RS that got everybody excited for a second.

Turns out, the project is on the verge of being called off as sources have told Autocar that there’s only a 30 percent chance of the car making production. The reason? Ford can’t find a good business case for it.

The sound of those gasps and groans are all the people who are undoubtedly disappointed by this turn of events. As recently as May 2016, the Focus RS500 seemed to a good bet to hit production. There were even multiple sightings of a test car in public. At the very least, it was an indication that the automaker had already hit the ground running on the super hot hatch’s development. But the tide has reportedly turned within Ford as the company has become increasingly wary of how the RS500 would fit into the company’s other performance models, most specifically the Mustang GT and the Mustang Shelby GT350.

While the comparisons between the Focus and the Mustang seem disjointed on the surface, the market for both models could overlap since the Focus RS500 would approach the power and performance capabilities of the Mustang GT and Shelby GT350. Ford isn’t too keen on taking that leap, especially if the Focus RS500 doesn’t do as well as it hopes in the U.S. market for that specific reason.

Another issue is scheduling, which is becoming more of an issue for Ford as the days wind down to the eventual replacement of the current Focus in late 2017. Launching a Focus RS500 so close to the end of the current model’s life cycle comes with its own set of pitfalls and Ford appears to be recognizing that now. It’s a tricky situation and to be fair, Ford has yet to make a final decision on whether to continue with the Focus RS500’s development or to pack it up and save it for another day. Hopefully, some clarity comes to light soon so nobody will be expecting something that isn’t arriving anymore.

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Is Ford Already Working on a Special Edition Ford GT?

Is Ford Already Working on a Special Edition Ford GT?

We can’t say for sure, but there is something interesting going on here...

Despite all the work that engineers put into designing the new Ford GT, not even Ford was prepared for the insane attention the car has gotten since its debut. In fact, the car spawned so much interest that Ford application system was practically overwhelmed with people everywhere wanting to get their hands on the best thing Ford has created in a long, long time (save of the Focus RS, of course.) Needless to say, we already know just about everything there is about the GT – aside from how it actually drives, since Ford has yet to send us one (hint, hint.)

That being the case, can someone please explain to me why a Ford GT rocking swirly camo was caught just cruising down a Michigan Interstate near Detroit? To be honest, it could be any number of reasons, but it’s clearly not in “finalized” form. Check out all the random carbon fiber, and what is with those extra-long exhaust pipes? I don’t recall hearing any rumors of some one-off edition or any other variant of the GT, so what is this guy doing driving one?

I honestly wish I could tell you for certain. I contacted Ford’s PR department for information but have yet to hear a response. That tells me one thing. Either someone is playing a cruel joke, or Ford is up to some kind of secret mission. Either way, it’s sure to turn up some interesting news eventually.

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2018 Ford F-150 Caught Testing With Diesel Powertrain

2018 Ford F-150 Caught Testing With Diesel Powertrain

The F-150 goes under the knife again, gets new looks and diesel power

Only three years after the 2015 F-150’s debut, Ford is already preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the full-size pickup, reportedly scheduled for the 2018 model year. Spy photographers working for TruckTrend captured a camouflaged regular cab, short bed F-150 roaming the track at Ford’s Dearborn testing facility. It’s clear both the front and rear of the truck are receiving updates. Speculation also swirls regarding a new diesel engine for the F-150, enforced by photos of a Venturi-style tailpipe protruding from under the truck.

Regarding the redesign, Ford has to keep the F-150 current, so minor changes to the grille, headlights, bumpers, taillights, and tailgate are all on the horizon. This comes after General Motors updated its Silverado and Sierra for 2016 and ahead of Ram’s eventual update on the 1500 pickup.

There’s no word on what changes will be made to the exterior, but count on a new crop of grille designs for the various trim levels. The new design won’t likely be groundbreaking, but it will be drastic enough to distinguish the 2018 F-150 from earlier iterations.

On the diesel front, TruckTrend’s photographer captured photos of two telltale signs of a compression-ignition engine lurking under the hood. First, a Venturi-style tailpipe is seen protruding from under the cargo bed. This style exhaust is part of modern and complex diesel after-treatment systems designed to reduce emissions. The other clue is less obvious yet perhaps more telling. A sticker on the rear window contains a alphanumeric code, that when broken down, specifies a 3.0-liter displacement for the engine – or at least so speculates our friends at TruckTrend.

The 3.0-liter displacement makes sense, though, as Ford could outsource the diesel from Jaguar Land Rover. The British automaker currently produces a 3.0-liter turbodiesel called. The engine is already on American soil in the Range Rover Td6. In that application, the V-6 makes 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. That outclasses the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, though Ford is likely to bump output even more for truck duty. What’s more, Ford has mentioned the possibility of a hybrid powertrain being used, though no confirmation or other information has been released. The hybrid could potentially be paired with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6.

We expect the 2018 F-150 to makes its debut in early 2017 before it arrives in dealerships towards the end of the year. For more information, check out TruckTrend’s full report in the link below.

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Ford Fan Site Renders Sixth-Gen Bronco!

Ford Fan Site Renders Sixth-Gen Bronco!

Will the 2020 Bronco be this awesome?

Rumors have been swirling with growing intensity that the Bronco will be among four new SUV Ford will release before 2020. With that in mind, Bronco fans at Bronco6G.com created a rather realistic rendering of what Ford might have coming.

Bronco6G says they fused together styling cues from previous generation Broncos, as well as the 2004 Bronco concept truck. The front grille, headlights, and fenders are unmistakably from the first-generation SUV – a model that saw showrooms between 1966 and 1977.

Rearward, the two-door SUV carries an all-original look, though the long side glass and squared-off fender openings recall Broncos of the past. Modern touches like large wheels, somewhat low-profile tires, LED lighting elements, and an electric recovery winch all bring the honest SUV into the 21st century.

While the rendering is merely an idea of what direction Ford might be taking, Bronco6G does claim insider knowledge that Ford has purchased a Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited for benchmarking purposes. If that’s true – which is easily believable – the sixth-generation Bronco will surely be a competent off-roader with chops liken to the Wrangler Rubicon.

That means the Bronco will ride on a fully boxed, ladder frame with an traditional 4WD system that includes a two-speed transfer case, a solid rear axle and an electronic locking rear differential. What’s more, Ford is likely to borrow these parts from its F-150 parts bin, helping save development time and production costs. If that’s the case, the Bronco will certainly be a tough truck. Oh, and of course, it will wear an aluminum body.

Powertrain options are open to Ford’s vast array of engines. If the Bronco is indeed a two-door SUV, the F-150’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 should provide more than enough power. Ford may offer the 3.5-liter EcoBoost as an optional powerplant, perhaps in an SVT version further into the Bronco’s production cycle.

Then again, all this is just rumor, guesstimation, and hearsay. The sixth-generation Bronco might never get off the ground, it might be a unibody crossover, or in fact, it could be similar to this rather awesome rendering. Nicely done, Bronco6G.

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2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

The long-anticipated next-generation Ford Escape has been official unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show. Totally revised with new looks, two new powertrains, and a slew of technology features that not only make the Escape a better crossover, but a more connected one. That will surely help drive sales in this day in age.

The new Escape hasn’t grown over the outgoing model, but does take plenty of styling details from its larger brother, the Edge. The trapezoidal grille leads into a more angular design with a more premium feel. The steeply raked windshield returns, allowing for plenty of forward visibility.

Inside, a more upscale cabin greets all five passengers. The driver now has the use of SYNC 3, Ford’s latest infotainment software. What’s more, the Escape is also debuting SYNC 3’s newest feature called SYNC Connect. Coming with a free, five-year subscription, SYNC Connect allows owners to remotely start, lock and unlock, monitor diagnostics, and track vehicle location from a securely connected smartphone.

Of course, the new Escape come with Ford’s modern assortment of safety systems, including the blind spot information system, hill-start assist, auto high-beam control, and the foot-operated rear tailgate. New for the Escape is adaptive cruise control, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Lane-Keeping System, and the Driver Alert System.

Updated 11/17/2015: Ford unveiled the 2017 Escape at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Ford May Bring Bronco & Ranger Back in The U.S.

Ford May Bring Bronco & Ranger Back in The U.S.

It appears Ford’s watchful eye on the revival of the midsize truck market has determined there is room for the Ranger after all. Yep, after four years without a U.S.-spec Ranger, the Blue Oval is currently (and more openly) discussing the possibility of bringing back the compact truck. What’s more, the Bronco SUV is being mentioned as well.

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Ford May Bring Bronco & Ranger Back in The U.S.

Ford May Bring Bronco & Ranger Back in The U.S.

It appears Ford’s watchful eye on the revival of the midsize truck market has determined there is room for the Ranger after all. Yep, after four years without a U.S.-spec Ranger, the Blue Oval is currently (and more openly) discussing the possibility of bringing back the compact truck. What’s more, the Bronco SUV is being mentioned as well.

The discussions are taking place between Ford and the UAW, with the union seeking promises on job security at the Michigan Assembly Plant. The plant currently builds the Focus and C-Max, both of which are scheduled to be relocated to another manufacturing facility after 2018. Ford now needs something to fill the gap and the business case for a less-expensive, more fuel-efficient truck is growing.

In order for the Ranger to work, the truck would have to cost $5,000 to $6,000 less than the F-150 and get 30 percent better fuel economy, according Ford’s truck group marketing manager, Doug Scott. That means the Ranger would have to have a base price of roughly $21,000 and get nearly 28 mpg combined.

If Ford didn’t start with a fresh design, the automaker would have to modify the current global Ranger to meet U.S. emissions and safety regulations. General Motors did the same with the 2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon trucks, both of which are loosely based off the global Colorado.

On the Bronco side, reports suggest the Bronco would be a midsize, body-on-frame SUV perhaps based on the Ranger. Again, Ford already has this vehicle in production in Thailand for sale in markets across the globe. Called the 2015 Ford Everest, the SUV would compete with Jeep in offering a competent off-roader.

If the Ranger and Bronco get the green light, expect them for the 2019 model year.

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2016 Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Race Car

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Race Car

The arrival of the 2015 Ford Mustang not only brought many changes to America’s iconic muscle car, but also gave rise to several questions as to what high-performance models would be built around it. There’s been a lot of talk about several Shelby nameplates being dropped with the new generation, but although the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has yet to receive a successor, Ford did roll out a 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 model and a more track-focused 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R that promises to become the most potent Mustang on the race track. Now, Ford has also unveiled the GT350R-C, which replaces the previous-generation 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

The new muscle racer is set to make its first official track debut at Watkins Glen on June 27th and will continue to race in the remaining six events of the 2015 season through September. The race team will be managed by longtime Ford partner Multimatic Motorsports, while the cars will be driven by Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Austin Cindric, and Jade Buford.

“Ford is committed to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and we’re very happy to be campaigning its product here,” said Larry Holt, team principal, Multimatic Motorsports. “We like the endurance format, and the racing is always intense. The cars must be fast and reliable, and there are always at least 10 contenders running door-to-door for two and a half hours. It is the perfect home for the GT350R-C.”

Updated 06/29/2015: The new Shelby GT350R-C made its racing debut this weekend during the qualifying session for the 2015 IMSA. With a lap-time of 2 minutes, 1.358 seconds - the new GT350R-C grabbed itself a pole position for its first race!

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Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenaclatures

Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenaclatures

It looks as if Ford might be expanding the Raptor moniker outside the F-150 lineup. According to Australia’s CarAdvice, Ford has trademarked the “Ranger Raptor” name in preparation for its all-out off-roader.

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Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenclatures

Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenclatures

It looks as if Ford might be expanding the Raptor moniker outside the F-150 lineup. According to Australia’s CarAdvice, Ford has trademarked the “Ranger Raptor” name in preparation for its all-out off-roader.

Though Ford has nothing to say about the matter besides pointing back to its recently released 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak as the current halo model, the Australians have spotted modified Ranger pickups sporting widened fenders, beefy tires, and stout suspension setups running around the outback. This leads us to believe Ford is actually considering expanding the Raptor nomenclature to the global Ranger.

What’s more, the Ranger may also get its own FX4 package. Trademarked along side the Ranger Raptor is the Ranger FX4. There are two possibilities here: Ford will debut two separate Ranger trucks with different levels of off-road worthiness, or Ford simply trademarked both names as insurance while preparing a single Ranger for production. I’m hoping for the first.

Folks in Australia are serious about their 4WDs and Ford would be wise to offer the up-fitted trucks to such a hungry customer base. Sadly there’s no word on whether Ford would work any horsepower magic on the Ranger’s available powertrains. The truck currently offers three engine options, with the base 2.2-liter turbodiesel available in two output ratings. The most likely candidate for the Raptor and/or FX4 would be the 3.2-liter TDCi turbodiesel. The inline five-cylinder puts out 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Hopefully Ford would see fit to increase the 3.2-liter’s specs to make it more competitive in the dirt.

While this is great speculation for our friends in Australia, U.S. truck buyers are very likely to be left in the cold. Ford says it’s sticking to its two-truck approach with its full sized F-150 and its heavy duty Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450. However, you’d be crazy to say Ford isn’t keeping a close eye on the U.S. mid-size truck market these days. GM has had plenty of success with its Colorado and Canyon twins, while Toyota continues to rake in profits with its popular Tacoma.

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