2019 Ford Ranger Raptor: Diesel Dreams Unshaken By RAM’s Case

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Many notable automotive outlet have claimed that the next-gen Ford Ranger Raptor that is bound for the US market will rely on a turbocharged diesel powertrain like its global sibling but many believe that it is unlikely to happen.

It cannot be helped as a large number of Ranger fans in the US feel that diesels are unpopular and they are negatively viewed after the dieselgate fiasco which involved Volkswagen. If that is not bad enough, yesterday saw Fiat-Chrysler pleading guilty to cheating the diesel emission on their vehicles and this includes the diesel-powered pickup trucks from RAM.

While the Ranger Raptor diesel claims have weakened since FCA’s case stole the headlines, there is no reason for Ford to change their plans and this is due to the need for the Ranger to be a unique offering in the market.

Ford can simply rescale the F-150 Raptor and call it the Ranger but they’ve refused to do so in order to hand the Ranger a unique driving experience. Besides, Ford already has a performance-tuned diesel unit getting sold globally and offering them in the US will save them a lot of time and money.

All will be confirmed once Ford pulls the curtains off the next-gen Ranger somewhere in Q3 this year. What do you think the outcome will be like for the midsized pickup truck?


  1. Vbondjr

    February 28, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I say go for it! A highly torque high performance diesel would be cool! Ford needs to offer some ford performance parts for it here in the states along with some cool accessories for it as well!!

  2. steve mccormick

    March 2, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    This might be Ford’s reason for only offering a 4 cylinder gas engine. Buy the 4 cylinder gas or buy a diesel.They seem against offering the v/6….. Whatever happened to offering the public what they want to spend their hard earned money for