Ford has unveiled its first-ever Ranger Raptor, a pint-sized version of its full-size F-150 Raptor off-road pickup. The truck was revealed at an event in Bangkok, Thailand.
The bad news: For now, at least, the Ranger Raptor will only be available in Asia-Pacific markets where the Ranger is currently sold.
The good news: Since the regular Ford Ranger is coming to Canada as an all-new model for 2019, it’s pretty much a given that we’ll eventually be getting the Raptor version as well.
Like the full-size F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor includes standard front and rear Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers for increased ride height and high-speed off-road driving, plus a wider track, and increased approach and departure angles. At the rear, there’s an all-new Watt’s-linkage rear suspension with coil-over springs.
Ford says the truck uses a unique new frame, made of high-strength steel and with new geometry for the oversized suspension. It carries all-terrain BF Goodrich 17-inch tires specially designed for it, and a unique, 2.3-mm-thick underbody plate for driveline protection.
The global-market Ranger Raptor uses a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, making 369 lb-ft of torque, and uses the same ten-speed transmission as the full-size F1-50 Raptor.
Earlier this year, Ford announced that the regular Ranger for the North American market will use a 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engine with ten-speed automatic.
The new global truck shares the F-150 Raptor’s grille design, and features front fenders made of composite material to resist dents. The cabin styling – which, of course, would have the steering wheel on the other side for us – includes sports-style seats, contrasting blue stitching, and wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Drivers can switch between six modes with the Ranger Raptor’s Terrain Management System, using a switch on the steering wheel. Along with normal and sport modes for on-road driving, the system offers grass/gravel/snow, mud/sand, rock, and Baja modes for off-road use.
In Asia-Pacific markets, the Ranger Raptor features the SYNCÒ 3 connectivity system, including a “breadcrumb” feature on the navigation screen that leaves a trail in off-road areas that aren’t on the map.
Global-market Ranger Raptors will be built in Ford’s Thailand Manufacturing facility.
While no one at Ford will confirm or deny North American plans, we plan to have our cameras ready at next January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.