Well, we have to say this news came as a surprise. We’ve been following the new Ranger Raptor for the last few months, and honestly, we expected that the Blue Oval was going to offer the pint-size trophy truck on our shores. But our friends at Autoblog have just heard from Ford Performance’s Hermann Salenbauch, and apparently, it’s just not going to happen.
The big problem is that the Raptor version of the Ranger — which features a 2.0-liter diesel I4 — is based on a version of the truck we don’t get here. Ford doesn’t have a problem moving every Raptor it makes either, so there’s not a ton of need for an entry-level version of the beefy off-roader. While we’re all little disappointed that we won’t be seeing a Ranger Raptor here next year, it does make sense that Ford is hesitant to spent a lot of time and energy adapting the truck to US-spec.
That said? SEMA is coming up, and we predict there will be plenty of off-roads bits available for the 2019 Ranger. So if you really want to turn your new truck into a trail-tackling terror, we think there are plenty of companies that’ll be happy to help. For inspiration, keep your eye on our Auto Gear SEMA build, and look out for plenty of pics from the Ford booth come the end of the month!