Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford announces Raptor version of Ranger – in Australia

Ford Ranger RaptorFord will finally unveil the long-awaited Raptor version of its latest Ranger midsize pickup, but not here. At least not yet.

The new truck is slated to debut in Bangkok, Thailand on February 7, for release in the Asia Pacific market, which includes Australia.

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The littlest Raptor looks to share its big F-150 sibling’s desert-ready DNA, with a Watts linkage in place of rear leaf springs, a 254mm ride height, and monster 32-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires. Disc brakes should appear at all four corners.

Styling changes include a wider and more muscular stance, larger wheel arches, a unique grille, splashier graphics and badging, and a front end designed for increased approach angle.

Ford Ranger Raptor

Under the hood, Australia expects to see a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel at debut, which sounds like an ideal fit for the US market. The engine will be mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission with a low-speed transfer case, developed jointly by Ford and GM.

What the Aussies are hoping to see soon is a Raptor-specific turbocharged V6 EcoBoost variant, which rumors indicate may be released in 2019 or 2020.

The rumour mills also claim that the arrival of the V6 to the shores Down Under will coincide with the U.S. debut of the Ranger Raptor.

Here’s hoping.

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