The Ranger Raptor is only a few months away.
This year, Ford announced that it would bring back its Ranger and Bronco models in 2019 and 2020. Things got even more interesting when Ford put out a teaser for a Raptor version of the Ranger, which would go toe-to-toe with the Chevy Colorado ZR2. Since the teaser came out, we have been left to speculate on when we'd get to see a production-ready version and whether or not it will be available in the US. Thanks to Australian outlet, Motoring, we know have the answer to that first question.
Motoring reports that the 2018 Ranger Raptor will make its debut in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 7. No other details were announced, but this is when we will get all of the technical specifications for the truck. We are curious why Ford chose Thailand as the place for the truck's reveal, instead of a country where trucks are popular such as the US or Australia. In the US, we are still left to wonder about what engines our version of the Ranger will come with. Motoring believes that the Raptor will use a potent 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which seems like the type of engine that the US wouldn't receive.
It was interesting to hear the Australian outlet be upset about not getting the F-150 Raptor's twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. It brings us joy to know that the US doesn't always get the short end of the stick. Like the F-150, the Ranger Raptor will likely use a ten-speed automatic co-developed with GM. We really can't wait to see the Ranger Raptor, and we only hope that it ends up on sale in the US.