New off-road truck

Ford Ranger Raptor is coming to the U.S.

Ford CEO Jim Farley confirmed the harder-core Ranger is coming here next year.

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The Ford Ranger was already an aging pickup truck by the time it made its way back to the United States in 2019. Though it had been off the market for eight years in the states, the Ranger sold during that time in international markets, and the truck that arrived here was a revised version of the model sold elsewhere for years.

2023 Ford Ranger RaptorThe Raptor gets several upgrades over the standard Raptor, including a sporty interior. Ford Motor Company

Now, however, Ford is releasing a new Ranger, and we'll be treated to its virtues without a years-long wait, and the better news is that a Ranger Raptor is coming to the U.S. alongside the new model for the first time. Ford of Europe and other of the automaker's divisions released an overview of the truck today, but in a surprise tweet, Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that the trucks are coming here next year.

Keep in mind that specs can change when the Ranger Raptor makes its way here, but the details Ford shared for the international version of the truck are tantalizing, nonetheless. Seven drive modes are available, including three for on-road driving and four for off-road driving, such as Baja, which pushes all settings to the max for high-speed off-roading. Ford says the trucks carry reinforced bodywork and unique suspension components to handle tough terrain. Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shock absorbers are standard.

The version of the truck we see here will get a twin-turbo V6 that makes 392 horsepower, which is more than plenty for a Ranger-sized truck. Baja mode helps reduce turbo lag for more responsive performance, and the active exhaust opens for better sound. Three other exhaust modes include quiet, normal, and sport.

2023 Ford Ranger RaptorThe Ranger Raptor gets a powerful twin-turbocharged V6.Ford Motor Company

European deliveries of the new truck will start in the fourth quarter of 2022, but Farley's tweet notes that the Ranger won't show up here until 2023. We think its specs and promised performance make it more than worth the wait, however, so the only real question here is price. Rumors points to a starting price of around $53,000, which would make the truck Ford's most affordable Raptor.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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