Ford has pulled the silks off the all-new Ranger Raptor, debuting a new engine.

    But while all the hype and fanfare has been about this twin-turbocharged petrol V6 to be fitted to the Ranger Raptor for the Australian and North American markets, Ford will still offer a diesel alternative in some markets.

    Speaking with CarExpert at a recent Ranger Raptor prototype event, Ford Performance chief program engineer for Ranger Raptor Dave Burn said while markets like Australia were yearning for a petrol engine, it just wasn’t feasible for some others.

    “The V6 petrol was always the motor for Raptor… for this generation of the vehicle the 3.0-litre petrol was always always the motor, but [we’re] recognising there will still be customers that want the diesel fuel economy,” Burn said.

    “And so the other end of the bandwidth the bi-turbo [four-cylinder diesel] in some markets is actually going to continue on. Not in Australia, but for some markets where a V6 isn’t appropriate, the bi-turbo [four-cylinder diesel] will continue.”

    As a point of reference, the updated 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel produces 154kW of power and 500Nm of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

    The V6 Raptor on the other hand uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 292kW of power and 583Nm of torque – also mated to a 10-speed automatic.

    Would you like to see Ford continue offering the smaller diesel engine in Australia as well?

    Paul Maric

    Paul Maric is an Australian car expert based in Melbourne, Australia. Paul is a founder of & formerly part of the CarAdvice founding team.

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