Wait, what?! It's already here?
Only a few days ago Ford released an official video demonstrating the serious off-road capabilities of its Australian-market Ranger Raptor. The US-spec Ranger made its debut last January at Detroit, but even there Ford refused to confirm the existence of a Ranger Raptor for America. Well, now we have definitive proof it’s coming. In fact, it’s already very plainly here testing on public roads. The Ranger5G forum took this video of what appears to be a production-spec Ranger Raptor testing in the metro Detroit area.
And yes, it is a left-hand drive version as opposed to its right-hand drive counterpart Down Under. But unlike that truck, the US version won’t receive the twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel with 211 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
There are two likely alternative gasoline-engined contenders for America: the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Mustang and Focus RS, or the 2.7-liter EcoBoost available in the Ford F-150. Styling wise, there doesn’t appear to be any drastic changes between the foreign market Ranger Raptor and this one. Both have F-150 Raptor-like styling, notably at the front end and wheel arches and, of course, the ‘Raptor’ logo decal above the rear wheel. Ford has yet to make an official comment on this matter, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the US market Ranger Raptor make its debut appearance later this year or early next, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show in January.