Ford has taken the wraps off its much-anticipated Ranger Raptor, and we’ve got plenty of details on the Blue Oval’s scaled-down trophy truck. Unfortunately, whether buyers in the United States will get a chance to own one isn’t among them.
On that front, the most reliable info we have is from Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine, who responded to questions about the truck’s domestic availability with this tweet: “Check back in 2035. Will let you know by then. Promise.” Maybe it’s just our razor-sharp editorial instincts? But we think we’ll know something a little before then.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at what Ford announced today in Thailand.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter I-4 diesel, which pumps out 210 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. As expected, there will be no manual transmission available, and shifting will be handled by a ten-speed automatic, which will send power to all four wheels. To help the truck navigate treacherous territory, drivers will be able to select from six terrain settings—Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl—just like you can on the F-150-based Raptor.
There will also be some significant suspension upgrades over the standard Ranger, including Fox Racing shocks and a trick Watts Link rear suspension, which is designed to provide the stoutness of a live axle, but eliminate some of the skittishness the design can exhibit when compared with fully independent systems. Ground clearance has been bumped to over 11 inches, and beefy BF Goodrich tires will come stock, as will high-performance ventilated disc brakes.
Along with the greasy bits, there will be plenty of exterior cues which will differentiate the Raptor version from stock Rangers. The front and rear tracks are wider, the fender flares are composite, and the grille will feature the giant Ford lettering familiar from previous Raptors.
By the time the Ranger Raptor hits your local AutoNation Ford dealer—and rest assured, it will—we’d imagine we’ll also see some gas-based powertrains, most likely the 2.3-liter turbo from Mustang EcoBoost. Of course, the steering wheel will be on the “right” side too. Stay tuned for more news and rumors about this off-road-ready mid-size pickup!