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Ford Ranger Raptor: Only 2-litre engine?

The Ford Ranger Raptor, getting air along the Old Ghan Line.
The Ford Ranger Raptor, getting air along the Old Ghan Line.

Ford’s upcoming performance-rated Ranger Raptor will have a 2-litre, twin turbo diesel engine, according to Drive.com.au.

While their source isn’t stated, they reckon they can lock in a new-generation small-capacity diesel engine under the bonnet of the beefed up, go-fast Ranger. We’ve reached out to Ford to see if they can confirm or deny the story. But Victoria gets a public holiday today because of a football game, so we’ll have to wait for the moment.

Ford Ranger Raptor, apparently powered by a 2-litre twin-turbo diesel.

Ford Ranger Raptor, apparently powered by a 2-litre twin-turbo diesel. Facebook isn’t happy about it. I didn’t have to read the comments to know exactly what they were going to say. “Love my 3.2!” “No replacement for displacement!” “Only buy juice and milk in 2 litres!” You get the picture. Aussies love big engines, but the fact of the matter is high-capacity diesels are simply incompatible with ever-tightening emmision laws.

Details are scant, other than the twin-scroll motor also coming out under the bonnet of future Rangers as well as the Raptor.  We aren’t sure of the power output, but it looks like it will be mated up to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

For reference, Land Rover’s current latest-technology 2-litre diesel in the new Discovery makes 177kW @ 4,000rpm and 500Nm from 1,500-2,500, helped by over 50psi of boost on the first of two sequential turbos.

The same Ford Ranger Raptor, this spotted in the hilly, twisty roads of the Dandenong region.
The same Ford Ranger Raptor, this spotted in the hilly, twisty roads of the Dandenong region.

All speculation was pointing towards a turbocharged petrol engine, in the same ilk as the big brother F-150 Raptor stateside. Perhaps a 250kW 2.7 litre V6, or even bigger. One guy on Facebook reckoned he had trouble keeping up with a camoflauged Ranger Raptor on twisty roads in his V8-powered Falcon, so everyone assumed big performance figures.

What do you think? Is a 2-litre diesel the wrong call for the Ranger Raptor? Or is it just a fact of life that we have to live with?

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  • Still makes you wonder why Ford AU chose that engine when Ford US have a 3L V6TD already mated to that 10 speed auto in their new F150. The vehicle manufacturers go on about having global platforms to keep costs down, yet they go and do things like this.

  • 2 litre donk running 50 psi plus boost, mid 40’s temp. towing in bull dust and 1000 km’s from help – I will stick to my dmax thanks – good luck you’ll need it.

  • I dont need a Motocross type 4wd for my use. And as with Amarok with that small 2.0ltr motor didnt sell well till there V6 turbo diesel came out. Plenty torque a n engine capacity there now.
    Sorry Ford but bad market research as with Holden will lead to bad sales of this Raptor of yours. Ive ha (2) PX Rangers both 3.2’s and its the best engine going and i thought you guys would do a bit of a HSV on the engine to pump out a little more but now you’ve delivered this 2.0ltr high strung motor giving out a touch mor the the 3.2 you already have.
    You’ve put me in a delema of what t o update to next and it wont be this 2.0ltr of yours for sure. Australia needs an engine capacity of 3.0ltr or larger and you guys have gone thr wrong way.

    You can have your fancy suspension & coil springs but i’m sure not gonna pay 70G plus on road for your vehicle. Its just not dam worth it.

  • Well i was considering the switch from buying a new Hilux, to a Ford Raptor. Then I saw the baby 2L engine size for the Australian model. Some people just don’t get it. That includes the boardroom people at Ford who made such a stupid decision. Like most people, I don’t care about the impressive power output. I’m more worried about how a little 2L engine will struggle to provide that power. So my choice is easy again. I’ll buy another reliable Hilux.

  • At the end of the day car manufacturers design build and sell cars to make a profit. As previously stated the Australian car market is a small percentage over all. If the raptor is designed and produced for the cashed up suburban bogan (tradie) with a disposable income that only ever puts it up on the front lawn so be it. As long as it sells too that market . Have a look at the Australian market percentage world wide and then look at the percentage of that market that demands a vehicle that can tow in excess of 2 to 3 ton and ask yourself does it make financial sense? The solution is simple if the 2lt raptor is not for you import the big daddy from the US or buy a competitor’s vehicle that has what you want. I personally have a 2lt twin turbo amarok it does what I ask of it by towing the family van approximately 3 ton loaded 3 kids 2 dogs the Mrs and a tub full of crap it also hauls loads of about about 2 ton on and off road daily and has never let me down after 4 year’s. Ultimately ford and every other manufacturer produce vehicles to turn a profit not to keep an extremely small percentage of the market happy.

  • I have a 2.2 Ranger manual, pull a 1 tonne camper, 2 litre would be a mistake.
    What is the raptor? Just a sticker pack?

  • No matter how you try to talk it up, small engines under big boosts will fry in the land of OZ where reliability and durability is a must.
    A 30C day is common place here, but in most of the intended market 30C is a heat wave.

    Unlike the USA where there is a built up support network, I would hate to be towing a caravan/ trailer on holiday and need bigtime support in the remote backblocks of most of Australia.

    The Raptor looks to me like a kiddies play toy, not a serious 4WD you could put to work in the environmental extremes we have in Australia.

    As with everything in life, it would be your choice.

  • All engines can be built to meet standards no matter what size . This bs of only giving Australia 4 cylinder motors is nothing but crap. I would never buy one . Would be importing a real raptor from the states

  • They’re probably thinking there’s no potential sales in a performance petrol engine, considering the only petrol engine in the class was removed from sale last month due to low sales (which I still believe comes down to it never being advertised). So it makes financial sense for them to follow the trend of highly strung, high maintenance diesel engines, so they’re prepared for future emissions and economy targets.

  • Due to the fact I have a 3.5 tonne caravan fully loaded I was hoping it would pull at least 4 tonne, but 2 litre is a joke, especially most are only 2.8 to 3.2 and only able to tow 3.5 and still struggling on hills. One would have thought at least a v6 petrol or diesel similar or the same as the original Raptor or at least better than the ford Ranger.

  • I’ve got a Ford 2.2L Diesel in my Landrover Discovery Sport. Matched with a 9 speed gearbox it has more than enough grunt on and offroad (for that vehicle). I am a convert after initially being dragged kicking and screaming into a new era – and can see Ford’s point. Yes the Raptor will work and probably work ok… BUT – having said that …. I believe Ford is totally missing its target market for the Raptor. Leaving the unknown variables of reliability and indeed ability alone, the hotly contested Aussie 4×4 ute market wont take too kindly to such a small capacity engine in a flagship model even with the two hairdryers strapped to it. The Raptor will be a fizzer if they don’t listen to their audience. The girl on the Ford advert can bob up and down all she wants, she wont sell 2 litre Raptors.

  • Come on 70 or 80 grand on a 2 ltr engine in a sports ute are you for real …………Good luck with that.
    I will stick with my 3.2 lt

  • A high performance 2 litre diesel with a multi gear auto should do all you want to do.
    Heavens above we are getting passed and left for dead by last year’s diesel utes dragging huge caravans at excessive speed now. What more do the rev heads want.

  • Call it the “Micro-raptor” or Ford Bantam. Learn from VW and put a V6 in it, a large full tank and run a race spec option with minimal weighty accessories. Fingers crossed the 2l option is a typo missing the “3.”

  • VW failed with sales on a 2lit twin turbo ute, they have now built the V6 and their figures will improve…why would FORD tread where others have failed. Go 3.5 V6 petrol and a decent cube diesel. The only benefit to 2lit TT is immissions and weight.
    FORD…..Give the people what they want

  • Nissan kill the 4.2 diesel and doing so …well now, lol
    Ford finally bring something decent (3.2 ltr) and now changing it with 2 litre performance engine?
    good luck no that one

  • I’M’m sure Ford would have a decent motor in the back shed somewhere, I know the Europeans like little small buzz box engines but this car is going to be sold in the US as well as Australia and most likely South Africa why don’t they just be done with it and put a V8 in there or a minimum of a V6

  • Well I won’t be getting rid of my tuned 70 series crusier for puffed up 2litre, I tow and offroad, I’ll leave all the Oxford Street cruising to the Raptor set. Enjoy, you’ve just been shafted by Ford, again.

  • Everything is now too hi-tec. I tow a car trailer with buggy and gear regularly out bush with a 2L Amarok manual and it’s just as capable as the others and more comfortable. So 2L is okay but nothing special and this Raptor was meant to be a performance version, I guess Ford meant Ag version. Answer, V6 Amarok.

  • Lack of decent size diesels to tow heavy loads made me drop back to a petrol vehicle this year.
    So far can’t fault my Y62, especially with the deals being made around May & June this year. Nissan lost it with the 2 litre Navara. Wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding. My STX550 was great but too agricultural especially on long hauls, too cramped. No Big diesels out there now. So the conversion back to petrol for me. Ford making HUGE error.

  • This will make the competion breathe easier if correct. Volkswagen with its new v6 do not have a problem so why go to a sheep in wolf’s clothing.Come on Ford you will only get one chance with this.Go big or go home!

  • That is a lot of hype for nothing Ford… A Raptor 2L is a complete waste of time and effort… Do us all a favor and invest your money into converting your F150 into right hand drive and be done with it… Problem fixed…
    Know one will to pay $70G for a 2.0L “performance” ute… If this does come out, the euro ute manufacturers are going to clean up with there V6 diesels

  • Whilst I’m prepared to pay over the odds for a vehicle like this I won’t even test drive it with a diesel lawnmower engine in there…

  • My 2 bobs worth…
    Really – such an engine does not belong in the Australian outback. Increase your remote recovery insurance if you are silly enough to but one and tow with it. I recon they will be as popular as the petrol Prado was.

    PS “tell Ford they’re dreamin”

    -Daryl

  • My 2 bobs worth…
    Really – such an engine does not belong in the Australian outback. Increase your remote recovery insurance if you are silly enough to but one and tow with it. I recon they will be as popular as the petrol Prado was.

  • Big diesels can’t meet emmissions ????
    I run a 2016 6.6 Duramax, with a little bit of Add Blue ( you know that stuff you also have to use in the ford Everest) and 30,000k on the clock and the exhaust is as clean as the day I got it, not a speck of soot.
    And better economy than my 3.0 litre Patrol, not to mention enough torque to pull Tassie to the Mainland

  • Can’t do much when they have to comply with stricter and stricter emission’s regs.
    I’m sure Ford would love to fit a big engine, but remember, this vehicle will be sold worldwide so it will need to comply universally.

  • 3.2 is big displacement now?? The Yanks must look at us and shake their head. Big displacement is 6 or 7 litres, 3.2 or 2 litres is the size of my lawnmower.

  • Huge numbers buy Ranger utes for towing caravans. Not sure if a 2 litre donk will wash with them even if the numbers look good.

    More aimed at the cashed up tradies who want a bit of performance on weekends I think.

    Be interesting to see if Ford have done there research and got it right here.

  • The issue is not the size/type/performance figures.
    It’s the longevity. You can get big numbers out of a small capacity engine no problem. The issue is making it last 2-3-500,000 kilometres.
    There’s a reason Aussies like big engines. It’s because most of us (traditionally at least) worked vehicles hard, in terrible conditions, with questionable fuel, a LONG way from assistance. And we want a vehicle to last big miles while we do that.
    I’d rather an old un-stressed 4.2 than some highly strung fandangled 2L twin turbo supercharged thing that is running at 99% of capacity.

    I guess if you never take it out of major metro and all you do is carry the soccer team around it may not matter to you.

  • For the Raptor, a Halo model that establishes much, a 2TT diesel would be still born, a thing for the bean counters and counter intuitive to what a Halo model is all about. A standard Ranger may survive with the milk carton but not the raptor. Either way, the easy to dial torque of the 3.2 td will be staying a while in this garage, as other small capacity TD have shown that screwed up small capacity doesn’t work well. V6 TT thanks.

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