2019 Ford Ranger: F-150 Highlights The Need For A Diesel Raptor!

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Heavy duty diesels on daily drivers are unpopular here in the US but the same can’t be said for pickup trucks. Despite the controversies surrounding diesels in recent years, a pickup truck that relies on the diesel powertrain are often doing well on the sales front.

With that in mind, we can easily understand why Ford is aggressively pushing out a diesel mill with the 2018 F-150. The popular full-sized pickup has been the bestselling vehicle in the US for many years already and having diesel as an option will only boost its market reach thus improving sales.

But Ford knows better than to input a simple diesel setup with the F-150 because that wouldn’t be enough. Performance needs to be good hence the diesel mill must be high-powered in nature.

While the details are not out yet, the diesel engine is claimed to be a turbocharged 6-pot that can develop 300hp and 400ft-lbs of torque. This is quite a massive output and it will definitely make the F-150 more appealing.

But the F-150 won’t be the only vehicle being planned for a diesel upgrade. Major automotive magazines have also reported that the upcoming Ford Ranger will have diesel powering the Raptor trim.

The Ranger Raptor will have a diesel unit that is based on the ones coming to the F-150 but refined further for a more punchy performance. So instead of 300hp and 400ft-lbs of torque, we are likely to see the mill having an output of 345hp and 450ft-lbs of torque.

While Ford may have yet to confirm on the above, its production would make complete sense as it won’t result in the Ranger Raptor being a scaled down version of the F-150 Raptor.

The size difference between the two vehicles will be minimal hence diesel can do a great job at giving the Ranger Raptor its own unique identity.

1 Comment

  1. Curtis Dowds

    February 11, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Another commentator writing about alternative powertrains for the Ranger WITHOUT MENTIONING THE NEED FOR A PLUG-IN HYBRID ALTERNATIVE. Ford has COMPLETELY dropped the ball on electric vehicles. Some of us want a truck for occasional projects around our house, otherwise as just another transportation vehicle, preferably with some kind of rear seats. We’re not looking for a work truck. And there’s data all over the place that the vast preponderance of pickups are never used for work, merely transportation. GIVE ME A PHEV ALTERNATIVE AND I’LL BUY THE RANGER THE NEXT DAY. WITHOUT IT NEVER.