Brace Yourself, the Ford Ranger Raptor Is Official!
The mini Raptor is real, bonkers, and everything we ever wanted in a Ford Ranger.
Ford Australia dispatched a raven by way of YouTube to let all of us in the United States know that it had important news. The popular Ranger midsize pickup truck is getting the variant we all hoped would happen. In 2018, a Raptor version of the Ranger will go on sale. Errr—at least in the Asia Pacific market.
The conveniently-named Ranger Raptor was revealed in a teaser video shared by Ford Performance and Ford Australia, and it’s everything you’d expect from a Raptor teaser. It shows an agile Ranger barrelling across the desert, sliding around and jumping over stuff. You know, Raptor things.
The truck is heavily camouflaged in the video, but certain angles give us clues as to what to expect from the final version of the truck. The grille, which is bold and in-your-face on the full-size Raptor looks to be making a reappearance on the Ranger, along with wider fenders to hide a wider track.
The video doesn’t specifically show off Fox Racing shocks during a suspension close-up, but with the close relationship that Ford has with the company, we’d be shocked if the final product didn’t include them specially tuned for the new truck.
Needless to say, we’re excited that some of our friends around the world will get to experience the joy of a Raptor product. But what about the elephant in the room? What about the United States?! A new Ranger is coming for the 2019 model year, and the other midsize truck makers — except Honda — already make off-road focused versions of them. To us, it makes perfect sense to offer it here.
Ford Truck Enthusiasts reached out to Ford Performance with that very question, and an official spokesperson replied with the following:
“We are talking about the new Ranger Raptor for Asia Pacific. We do not have any information to share about a Ranger Raptor for North American customers.”
So who knows? Raptor is a sales success already in North America, so there might not be any motivation (or need) to offer another version of it. Ultimately, only time will tell.
In the meantime, get excited Australian and Asian Pacific readers, because it’s about to get real!