Ford has unveiled the 2019 Ranger Raptor.
For the Pacific markets.
The Ranger is set to return to North America in 2019 to take on the mid-size pickup market currently dominated by the Toyota Tacoma. Ford ceded the North American market in 2011 for reasons nobody quite understands, but they kept developing the Ranger for international markets.
Thus we see here the Ranger Raptor that will hit Australian, Asian, and Pacific markets in 2019. Note the right-hand drive and front grille that screams “FORD” as loudly as possible, much like an American tourist would in a foreign land.
For those familiar with the F150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor should be fairly similar, like a baby Raptor. Perhaps we should call it a chick?
Since the Pacific markets aren’t nearly as concerned with horsepower and are far more concerned with the economy, the Raptor will feature an all-new twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel inline-four producing 211 hp and 269 lb-ft torque, which is somewhat more potent than the regular 3.2 L turbo-diesel inline-five.
From the regular Raptor, the baby Raptor gets the 10-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and six driving modes including Normal, Sport, Weather (emphasis on WEaTher), Mud/Sand, Rock Crawl, and Baja for indulging in those dune-buggy moments.
The Ranger Raptor also features the same Fox Racing Shox internal-bypass dampers, strengthened axles and integrated tow bar that big brother Raptor has too.
Since we here in North America don’t have a Ranger to compare to (yet), we’ll compare the Raptor to its closest cousin, Australia’s Ranger FX4. The Raptor is 2 inches taller with ground clearance 1.8 inches higher, for a total clearance of 11.1 inches. It’s also about 0.7 inches wider and has brake rotors 0.4 inches larger.
No word yet from Ford on whether we’ll get a Raptor Ranger of our very own, but we can only hope that the powers that be will grace us with a spunky Ford pickup in the near future.