If this doesn’t come to America, it’s only because Ford is afraid it’ll wipe the floor with the F-150 Raptor.
Ford is having a good time pulling our heartstrings as of late, playing the jealousy game by dangling the Ranger Raptor in front of us while giving Thailand and Australia the pleasure of a confirmed delivery date for the souped-up midsize truck. Even if they have to wait, at least it'll make it to their shores to their shores in the first place. But what about us? We certainly sent an invite, but if the Baja-enabled ranger never comes, Ford Thailand has at least released a teaser video to show us what we’ll miss when it hits the market in 2018.
Shrouded in black and white camouflage, the Ranger Raptor’s body modifications cannot be seen beneath the surface. What we can see, however, is that the Ranger Raptor will be similar to the F-150 Raptor in the sense that it’ll be able to take a pounding from just about every type of terrain.
Ford shows us this using a video that changes frames according to the type of terrain. It depicts a dashcam view of the front end going through the desert at high speeds, wading through semi-deep waters, eating up dunes by clawing through the sand, getting dirty playing in the mud, trudging up hills (likely using the Ranger’s Trail Control System), and taking grimacing blows when landing from tall jumps and emerging unscathed. Splitting the video by terrain could be a hint that the Ranger Raptor will have similar drive modes to the F-150 Raptor, which reinforces our theory that if Ford doesn’t bring the Ranger Raptor to America, it’s got to be out of fear that nobody will care for the F-150 Raptor anymore.