Turns out that Ford won’t give us a baby Raptor after all.
The Ford F-150 rules over the full-size truck segment with impunity, it has done so for 40 years. When it comes to mid-sized trucks Ford’s fortunes have been more variable. The Ranger nameplate was introduced to the US in 1983 and was a strong seller for most of its five-generations until its demise in 2011.
Motor1 claims to have quizzed a spokesperson who revealed that the Ranger Raptor was designed to offer Raptor performance parts to global markets that do not offer the F-150 Raptor already. Essentially meaning that they would not be offering the Ranger in Raptor trim here.
That said, there have been sightings of Ranger Raptors undergoing testing in the US and with Ford’s recent decision to focus solely on the Mustang and their truck range, it would make sense to expand their offerings in the future.
The 2019 Ranger is a great base to start from too, it will come equipped with the company’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged motor, have a ten-speed automatic transmission and be available in both RWD and AWD layouts.
Three trim levels and two cab styles should cover most of the bases, the addition of the off-road performance Raptor would round out an impressive offering. If the current success of the F-150 Raptor is anything to go by, it could become a hot seller too.