Ford confirms Ranger Raptor ute headed to Oz

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Ford Australia has revealed the Ford Ranger Raptor is coming to Oz in 2018

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  • Performance variant Ranger

  • Aggressive sports styling

  • High performance off-road


The Ford Ranger is already one of Australia’s highest-selling vehicles, so it comes as no surprise that Ford is keen to get the Raptor off-road performance variant on to the market here.

The Raptor shares its nomenclature with one of the world’s most powerful production utes, the Ford F-150 Raptor.  The Ranger Raptor joins the F-150 Raptor, Ford GT, Ford Mustang Shelby and the Focus RS and ST variants as one of Ford’s range of high-performance vehicles.

The Ford Ranger Raptor has been designed and engineered to deliver an "adrenaline-pumping experience", Ford says. The Raptor has an aggressive, sporty exterior look as well as a level of off-road performance and capability Ford says is rarely seen in the mid-size ute or ‘pickup’ market.

"We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific’s toughest and smartest pickup truck to a whole new level," Ford Asia Pacific product development vice president Trevor Worthington says.

"Ford Ranger Raptor will offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favourite truck for the first time."

At this stage, Ford is being tight-lipped about engine performance and other specifics, but name-sharing with the F-150 and the involvement of the Ford performance engineering team are good indicators the Ranger Raptor is going to be an absolute beast.

"Combining the Raptor’s advanced off-road capabilities with the versatility of the Ranger is a significant accomplishment for Ford’s world-class engineering and design teams," Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi says.

 

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