A recent US Patent application suggests that the Ford Raptor pickup may actually be coming to North America after all with long-time speculation that the truck would not even show up in North America at all. On top of that few left-hand-drive applications have even been showing up on North American soil as well.
According to motor1.com, the 29 at the start of the patent indicates that it is a design application. This has led some fans of the truck to speculate that it might have a different engine configuration to the one that is available in Australia where this smaller style of truck is incredibly popular.
The Raptor is known to have a 210 horsepower 2.0 twin turbo diesel engine and a very high 359 feet of torque. The US market version is speculated to have a 2.3 twin turbo petrol engine. With that out of the way, many have wondered when the US Raptor will make its debut. Some theories suggest from the Los Angeles Auto Show, while others say the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is a possibility. It's important to note, however, that Ford has not made any statement on the matter, so any theories are speculation at best.
It is very surprising that Ford hasn't been faster to bring the Raptor to the North American market because the bigger pickup truck that has been prevalent in North American culture for decades is slowly falling out of vogue, while smaller and sportier trucks are starting to pick up in popularity.
With the rumor of the Raptor's debut, we might see a shift in the market to even more of these small trucks and maybe even the return of an Australian style UTE, which includes the Ford Ranchero. Interestingly enough, there have been rumors of a Ranchero return along with the Chevy El Camino. The UTEs are a hybrid of cars and trucks and offer the best of both worlds ultimately, so we'll keep our fingers crossed on that front.
One thing is certain though, the Raptor is a highly popular model outside of the USA and fills a niche that North America sorely needs addressed. So, hopefully, we'll see it's North American debut sometime soon!