2019 Ford Ranger Raptor: FCA’s Case Won’t Force Diesel U-Turn

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The next-gen Ford Ranger will debut together with the Raptor variant this year and the range-topping pickup truck is likely to come out running on a diesel powertrain.

Seeing that Ford has already confirmed that the returning Ranger will be largely based on the global Ranger, the chances are high for the Raptor to follow suit with the use of a turbocharged diesel setup.

If this is to be the case, the diesel powertrain will ensure that the next-gen Ranger Raptor will be different from the typical market offerings here in the US. But then again, diesels are unpopular and just recently ago, FCA got probed for cheating their diesel emissions.

Fiat-Chrysler’s case has basically destroyed the prospects of diesel engines in the US market and it this may have a negative impact on the Ranger Raptor. But according to industry insiders, Ford won’t change their diesel plans as they believe that their diesel units are clean.

The only way to find out is to wait until Ford brings out the next-gen Ranger and that is bound to happen within months from now. What do you think the outcome will be like?

1 Comment

  1. Steve McCormick

    March 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I believe if Ford only offers a 4 cylinder along with the diesel it will sell. Will they sell well enough to make it profitable for Ford? Probably not. I’m ready to buy a new Ranger…Will I buy a 4 cylinder ? Maybe but I really want a V/6. Will I buy the diesel ? No.