Europe Gets Raptor-ized Ford Ranger, U.S. Still Unclear
Midsize Raptor Confirmed at Video Game Convention, Will Feature in Forza Horizon 4
Our neighbors in Europe will get a crack at the high-performance Ford Ranger Raptor starting in mid-2019, Ford of Europe confirmed when the hot pickup made its debut at the Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. The 2020 Raptor was the first vehicle ever to debut at Gamescom, owing to the truck’s appearance in the Forza Horizon 4 racing video game.
The European-market Raptor will get a 2.0L twin-turbocharged diesel engine making 210 hp and 369 lb-ft, backed up by a 10-speed automatic gearbox that’s shared with the F-150 Raptor. According to Ford, the Ranger Raptor boasts a reinforced frame using high-strength steels, and Fox shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping provide greater damping force at extreme travel, helping soak up the rough stuff and improving control in high-speed off-roading. Furthermore, the Raptor receives 285/70R17 BFGoodrich all-terrain tires measuring 33 inches in diameter.
The European-market Ranger Raptor looks very similar to the model that debuted for Asian, African, and Australian markets earlier this year (see the video above from Ford Australia). That means it borrows the F-150 Raptor’s bold grille design and other styling features, including its debut Ford Performance Blue color. The smaller Raptor differs from other global-market Rangers with frame-mounted steel bumpers, standard LED and xenon lighting, composite front fenders with big flares, and heavy-duty bash plates protecting the front bumper, engine, and transfer case.
Unfortunately, there’s still no word as to whether we’ll get the Ranger Raptor in the United States. Our version of the midsize pickup should still be pretty fun off-road, with an available FX4 off-road package and a standard 2.3L EcoBoost gasoline I-4 and 10-speed automatic transmission. But we’re still jealous of the global Ranger Raptor’s twin-turbo diesel, crazy suspension travel, and aggressive styling. But, alas, Ford still refuses to comment on the Raptor’s U.S. prospects.
Source: Ford of Europe