This current-generation Ford Ranger (Mexican market specification) was seen on the Interstate 15 in Southern California. The image was provided by Ryan McNeal. Thank you Ryan!
The folks at CarAdvice caught what appears to be a special off-road version of the next Ford Ranger prototype. Could this be a Ford Ranger Raptor? Check out the link for the images. A careful observer will notice four-wheel disk brakes and what may be a coil-spring rear suspension.
This prototype appears to be riding on unique Raptor-like rims and larger diameter tires (possibly BFGoodrich). The truck also has modified front and rear bumpers that could be offering better approach and departure angles. This is very intriguing indeed.
Ford has already said that the company will be bringing the next generation of the Ford Ranger to the United States in 2019. However, most other details are still unknown. A Raptor-like version of the Ranger makes a lot of sense when you consider the latest off-road truck craze in the midsize segment. Toyota has the Tacoma TRD Pro. Chevrolet has recently released the Colorado ZR2. Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup truck as well (codename: JT).
If this off-road truck will reach the market, will it be called Ranger Raptor or will Ford reserve the Raptor name full-size F-150 truck? If not the Ranger Raptor, then what should Ford name this off-road specification Ranger? Let us know in the comments below. I am thinking “Ranger Osprey”.
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