The Ranger Raptor has already been bashing through sand dunes and mud in other countries around the globe, but not in North America, and it might stay that way. According to Motor1, a Ford spokesperson said that the Ranger Raptor will only be brought to markets where the F-150 Raptor doesn’t reach, which is just about all of the markets outside of North America.
ALSO SEE: The Ford Ranger Raptor is Coming to Europe in 2019, But What About the U.S.? (News)One of the big issues with bringing the Ranger Raptor to the U.S. would be certifying it here, as it is based on the global version of the Ranger and not the U.S. version. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that powers the Ranger Raptor in other markets also makes bringing it to North America more complicated.
It makes sense that Ford wouldn’t want to spend the money to bring the global Ranger Raptor here, especially considering that a Ford Performance truck in North America likely wouldn’t do well with a diesel engine.
But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t get a North Americanized version in the future.
The F-150 Raptor has been a total success for the brand here in North America, leading us here at TFLTruck to believe that while we might not see a Ranger Raptor for a couple more years, one will eventually arrive powered by a gasoline engine.
Pricing could be an issue too, as the Ranger Raptor would no doubt be expensive, but considering the Chevy Colorado ZR2 exists, we think Ford won’t let the brand go unchallenged in the off-road midsize pickup space for long.
For now, only time will tell. One thing is certain though, don’t expect a Ranger Raptor anytime soon.