It was just last month that Ford revealed the new US-market Ranger at the Detroit Auto Show, and now the wraps are finally off the highly-anticipated Raptor version of the small truck. Like its big brother, this is a complete performance overhaul and has new suspension and engine components that should make this an indomitable off-roader. There is, however, one caveat: this one isn’t coming to the US.
No, the truck seen here is for Asia Pacific markets but it should give us a good idea what the Ranger would look like if it does come stateside. And we like what we see: the truck has a strengthened frame, Fox Racing Shox dampers, and a Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover springs that improve stability when ripping through the desert. The truck now boasts 11.1 inches of ground clearance and a solid 32.5-degree approach angle. According to Ford, the Ranger Raptor is built to “travel at high speeds off road and endure the punishment that off-road racing provides.” Good.
Powering the truck is a four-cylinder diesel with twin turbos churning out 210 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is where a potential US-market truck would probably differ most from this version, given the US’s sheepish stance on diesel. But Ford has no shortage of small, powerful gasoline EcoBoost engines to shove under the hood in its stead. While we have no solid confirmation that we will see the truck in the US, a Twitter post from Ford’s North American Products Communication Manager Mike Levine states, “Today’s announcement is about the launch of the new Ranger Raptor in Asia Pacific markets. We’ll have more to share about Ranger Raptor at a later date.” Make of that what you will.
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