Sadly none of these trucks are U.S.-bound.
The Ford F-150 Raptor won’t be the sole serious off-road truck on American Ford dealership lots for much longer. That’s because production of the non-U.S. market 2019 Ranger Raptor is well underway, as this new footage from the factory in Thailand proves. If you were to head to various overseas markets sometime over the next several weeks, you might find some all-new Ford Ranger Raptors on (or off) the road. And the fact a US market version will arrive hopefully soon is one of the worst-kept secrets at Ford these days.
We’ve already spied advanced prototypes in Detroit, at a McDonald’s parking lot no less. Hopefully Ford will show America its Ranger Raptor at Detroit come January. If so, it’ll likely be a 2020 model, meaning we’re still at least a year away from buying one. But not if you live in Australia, for example. The Asia Pacific region Ranger Raptors are rolling off the Thai production line this very moment.
Meanwhile, non-Raptor Rangers should be arriving in US showrooms to compete directly against the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma very soon. However, there will be one major difference between the Ranger Raptor you see here and the one America will have: engines.
Overseas Ranger Raptors come with a new twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 210 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, and paired to an also new 10-speed automatic transmission. US-spec Ranger Raptors are likely to get that 10-speed, but not the diesel. One report claims the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 hp used in the F-150 and Edge ST will be the chosen engine. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Mustang and Focus RS is also a possibility. In any case, all questions will hopefully be answered in the next six months or so. In the meantime, enjoy the Ranger Raptor footage. It’s a brief taste of what’s about to come to our shores.