The Chevrolet Colorado has nearly been a lone wolf in the mid-size pickup truck segment. Save for the Toyota Tacoma, not much else has come in the way of hot Colorado sales—that is until Ford arrives on the scene.
General Motors and Chevrolet have a substantial head start on Ford, but Ford may be preparing an all-out assault with a potential Ranger Raptor to take on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Recent spy shots, as reported by Ford Authority, show a heavily camouflaged Ford Ranger test mule rocking some serious suspension upgrades. Ford went as far as camouflaging features underneath the truck to hide what’s really going on.
However, this clearly isn’t a standard issue Ranger. It boasts a raised ride height, wider fender flares and 17-inch wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires.
Like the Colorado ZR2, Ford may also pack diesel and gasoline-powered engines, too. Previous Ranger Raptor prototypes reportedly packed a diesel engine, though spy photographers say this most recent truck was sporting an Ecoboost engine.
The real question is what a Ranger Raptor would be to Ford. Would it be akin to the sand-dune smashing F-150 Raptor? Or would it truly take a page from the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and be an avid rock crawler? That’s something we won’t know until 2019 at the earliest.