A lot of hype has surrounded the Ford Ranger’s return to the United States, and we’ve long speculated Ford would offer up a second punch with a Ford Ranger Raptor. Alas, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 won’t see a crosstown rival after all. Ford has announced it will not bring the mid-size off-road pickup to America, according to Autoblog.
The official explanation, according to Ford, is the 2.0-liter diesel engine. The engine will power global versions of the Ranger Raptor and it’s been speculated a different powertrain would stuff under the hood for the U.S. Ranger. However, that won’t be the case. The 2.0-liter diesel engine isn’t cleared for sale in he U.S. and Ford said it may not pack enough power to satisfy the tastes of American customers. The engine makes 210 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is substantially more hp than the Colorado ZR2’s optional 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
We’ve often suspected the 2.7-liter Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 engine would find a home in the Ranger Raptor, but perhaps fitting such an engine would leave the mid-size pickup in closer competition with the F-150 Raptor. The latter starts at around $50,000, while a Colorado ZR2 fetches around $42,000. Perhaps the price gap was too little, and Ford saw a Ranger Raptor cannibalizing F-150 Raptor sales.
The Ranger Raptor could have been intended for the U.S. at some point, but it’s also possible funds were allocated elsewhere as Ford scrambles to refresh its SUVs and phase out sedans.
But one thing is clear: the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 can sleep well tonight knowing Ford won’t come gunning directly for the rock-crawling off-road pickup directly.