It should be only matter of time before the US-spec Ranger Raptor breaks cover.
Last year, rather than a traditional auto show. It was a sign that automakers are starting to see video games as a viable promotional tool since a lot of car enthusiasts play racing games such as Forza Motorsport.
At this year’s Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, Ford has pulled the same trick with the European . Why did Ford use a video game event to reveal the potent pickup, you may ask? Because the 2019 Ranger Raptor will be added to the upcoming , set for release on October 2.
“Forget everything you think you know about pick-ups,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance Director, Europe. “Our new Ranger Raptor is a different breed – a thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader that can toil with the best of them in the harshest of working conditions.”
Launching in Europe next summer, the toughest version of Europe’s best-selling pickup combines performance and off-road agility, with heavy-duty suspension that can tame off-road terrain and deliver a smooth ride in urban areas and on highways. A reinforced chassis frame uses high-strength, low-alloy steels that can withstand brutal punishment. The front suspension has upgraded Fox Racing shock absorbers, while the rear set-up features a new Watt's linkage system with coilovers. It also rides on all-terrain BF Goodrich tires specially developed for the Ranger Raptor.
Visual updates include a new grille inspired by the F-150 Raptor and striking flared composite front fenders. Inside, the bolstered seats are "specially designed for off-road high speed support.” Blue stitching and leather accents feature throughout the cabin, and the racing-style paddle shifters are made of magnesium.
Like the Australian version, power is provided by a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine that sends 210 hp and 369 lb ft of torque to all four wheels through the same 10-speed automatic gearbox as the F-150 Raptor and facelifted Mustang. 0-62 mph takes 10.5 seconds before the Ranger Raptor tops out at 106 mph. For comparison, the V6-powered F-150 Raptor produces 450 hp and does the same sprint in 6.1 seconds. Given that it’s essentially a smaller version of the best-selling F-150, it makes sense to sell the Ranger Raptor in the US. Ford hasn’t confirmed if it will be sold Stateside, but a .