Ford Unleashes the Ranger Raptor, But There's a Catch

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Word that Ford is bringing forth a Raptor version of the Ranger mid-size pickup truck is not quite a surprise, but it's still exciting. Unfortunately, that news comes with one massive caveat: It won't be coming to the U.S. — at least for now.

But that won't stop us from going over what's coming on the new Ranger Raptor. It has several new features that make it more than just a downsized version of the F-150 Raptor (which we love), and we are also excited that it could portend an eventual third wheel to the current off-road-focused mid-size duo of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

Several of the exterior features do match what we saw in spy photos from last summer, including the dual rear recovery hooks (rated at more than 8,300 pounds) and side steps. The step boards are double finished, first being powder coated then covered again in grit paint, which makes them scuff and scratch resistant. The boards serve the dual purpose of both making entry/egress easier and protecting the rear from rock spray, and they have holes that are designed to drain mud, sand and snow.

Up front, the Ranger Raptor wears a blacked-out grille similar to the F-150 Raptor with "Ford" spelled out prominently in the middle. The front bumper is frame-mounted and sits above two more recovery hooks and a high-strength steel skid plate as well.

Under the hood, Ford specified only one available powertrain (and this might explain why it's not U.S. bound) — a new bi-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine employs both a smaller, high-pressure turbo and a larger, low-pressure turbo (water cooled) with bypass valves so the engine can change its operation mode depending on the engine speed. At lower rpm, the two turbos work together, while at higher speeds the smaller turbo is bypassed.

The 10-speed transmission is the same one we loved out of the F-150 Raptor. Ford's Terrain Management System will also come along for the ride; it offers two on-road driving modes (Normal and Sport) and four off-road modes (Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja).

Ford has also added a new, bespoke coilover rear suspension with an integrated Watt's linkage. The brakes have also been upgraded, with larger calipers and 13-inch ventilated rotors front and rear (though the two have different thicknesses). Finally, there are also "position sensitive damping" shock absorbers from Fox Racing Shox that provide higher damping forces at high rebound to allow the Ranger Raptor to run fast over rugged terrain as well as lower damping at mid-travel for on-road comfort.

Inside, the seats are designed for high-speed off-road performance support and are finished in a technical suede, which offers additional grip. A satellite-based navigation system, 8-inch touchscreen and Sync 3 are also present.

This version of the Ranger Raptor will be built at Ford's Thailand plant. U.S. versions of the Ranger will be built in the retooled Michigan Assembly Plant, so if we are to see a stateside version of the Ranger Raptor, our best hope is that it will be built there as well.

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Comments

wave "bye-bye" to the Tacoma

BYE-BYE Tacoma !


Posted by: Ecoboost Rules

Wave bye-bye as it passes you by when you broken down on the side of the road. The GM guys said the same thing and look what happened there.

RE: the 2.7 turbo

Too wide for the regular Ranger's engine compartment, however, the Raptor (ranger) being wider might make the 2.7 a better fit physically. But the inline 4 cylinder engine with a high performance turbo (and tune) could be a lightweight alternative to heavier V6s, one that I'd prefer to see.

I like Australia better than America. Australia has better and more choices if trucks. This is what papajim cannot deny. I think I'd like it there and the free universal access to hospital treatment. You can't beat Australia!

papajim,
A 5.7 Hemi fits into a Grand Cherokee, a 3.6 fits into a Colorado/Canyon.

Where doe is state and how do you know a 2.7 EB will not fit into a Ranger?

I own a "Ranger", It can fit an inline 5 cylinder engine as well, maybe even a straight six or V8.

Ummm....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmkay.

People will buy the Ranger Raptor, nobody cares for ZR2. We already see this reflecting Sales. You can go back to shleeep.


Posted by: Frank | Feb 8, 2018 4:26:36 PM

You are being ridiculous, have you seen how many people have already bought the new ZR2? No you haven't because you never post any factual posts. You make us Ford guys look bad Frank, please give it up.

@papa jim--Agree the Raptor Ranger does appear wider and would be a good choice for the 2.7 EcoBoost. Someone is using my name to post, I am proud to be a US citizen. I would like to see Australia some day.

@Big Al--This is a nice looking truck and with the right power train it would be an awesome truck. Ford should do what Chevy is doing with the Colorado and offer a true off road capable Ranger with performance. Maybe Ford will reconsider this decision. I believe Ford would make a serious inroad to the midsize truck market and become a leader if they offered a Raptor Ranger with more choice. Maybe the Ranger would cut into F-150 sales but I believe Ford will still sell a ton of F-150s and with the Ranger could become a major player in the midsize truck market by offering some of its EcoBoost V-6s and a diesel in the US.

I'm sure Ford will be selling this here. The probably want to get the regular model out first and then add this down the line probably when the other engine options make it out.

More joy riding midsizers, without a bed to hold much.

More joy riding midsizers, without a bed to hold much.

More joy riding midsizers, without a bed to hold much.

@Jim--Yes, Chevy used a similar strategy with the Colorado. Glad to see the Ranger back.

TRIX'sy Tom,
There is a reason for the size of the beds on the midsizers. They actually hold more than many full size half tons I see when I'm on one of my frequent US trips. Most seem to haul air. So, you can haul more air.

Back to the size of the midsizer beds. You see, the US 1/2 ton really has no export market to consider, since the US 1/2 ton is relegated to NA more or less. (Chicken Tax and lack of RH drive is reason for many to not import them).

Now talking about silly import tariffs the Europeans' have a stupid import tariff, not as bad as the Chicken Tax, but it affect US pickup imports into the EU due to their bed length.

If a pickup bed doesn't exceed half of the length between the centre of the front and rear axles it is considered a car in the EU. Exceed that and there is a 20% tax levied on the pickup.

This is also why US midsizers are available with the longer beds than we get.

The world is an amazing place and this illustrates how ridiculous regulations and taxes affect the consumer.

@Big Al--Interesting about the EU regulations. Wouldn't mind seeing more competition in the midsize truck market but I doubt the Chicken Tax will go away anytime soon.

Smaller and peppier engines make the most sense in compact and midsize trucks. My 2 cents.

@papajim
One of the main criticisms is the tiny Diesel

a 2.0-liter twin-turbo (diesel) engine with 210 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque would be very well suited to a mid-size--my 2 cents.

In the Asian Ranger it gets a 10-speed transmission also found in the F-150 Raptor.

Help me understand why such pickup would not suit a lot of the people who have been frantic about getting a midsize into the Ford lineup in the US?

@papajim
The 2 litre diesel was not for the US but the Asia Pacific region..In that case it has failed dramatically, getting some of tbe most virulent criticism ever recorded for a new Automotive product launch. If it was only the engine than it would be easily fixed. Too sum up Raptor was a answer to a question nonone asked.

Robert Ryan,
You are correct in that the Ranger Raptor is an answer to a question that no one asked.

It is a nice pickup technically. But I do believe the engine is not what Ford needs, even the 2.3 EcoThirst is not the answer. At a minimum the 2.7 is needed.

The diesel will work and probably go beyond what most any could manage off road, but not for the price.

The difference between US and Aussie pickups/utes is the aftermarket aspect. It seems in the US "manufacturer modified" 4x4s are quite common.

They tried it here with the Ranger with the FX4. But the problem is the Ranger already comes with a full suite of off road aids, that is not standard in the US. So, the FX4 was just some decals and a couple of plastic bits and it's 4 grand more than the standard XLT, for absolutely nothing. Valueless crap.

Even the TRD Hilux is just some stickers and they raise the price a few grand. How lame Toyota. I do believe stunts like that will make it more apparent on how much Toyota rip off the consumer for their average performing products. Toyotas are okay, but not for the price you pay for decade old technology, you might as well buy a Mahindra or Chinese ute.

For us in Australia all we need to do is put on decent rubber, buy a decent suspension (not just lift a truck to look good) that offers real off road enhancement, winches, bars, etc. and end up with very capable off road vehicles. All this for a little more than the FX4 or TRD sticker and have a brilliant off road vehicle.

We can do this quite cheaply compared to the price they will want for the Ranger Raptor.

The other side of the coin is the style of off roading that is prevalent in Australia. In the US gas stations are a dime a dozen compared to Australia and what appears "big a##" V8" is also needed to off road.

For us we tend to look at off roading more objectively, not create or want some mall crawler. Big off roaders are great, on dirt roads or dirt tracks.

It will interesting to see how well these new factory enhanced 4x4s sell in Australia. Ford did not research much regarding the engine for the Ranger Raptor.

Oh, the 2.3 is not the engine for a near on 5 000lb vehicle.

This Off Road is not going to work. Might as well get an ATV. More practical and rhey are used as work vehiclrs.

Robert Ryan,
With the demise of Holden and Ford their is a niche, a large niche for performance utes, even 2WD.

I don't know why Ford or GM hasn't latched onto this. The next logical step up from a diesel 1 ton ute is a V8 or turbo V6.

I do believe a 2.7 EB 2WD Ranger would sell and sell well to the rev head yobbo's.

The 2.3 is not good enough for our market, the 2.3's sister EB the 2 litre EB Falcon was a flop, but the turbo Barra 4 litre 6 was sought after.

The Australian contingent needs to remember its most oft-repeated refrain, "most American pickups just haul air in the bed."

That being said, why isn't the turbo 2.3 enough? Why isn't a smallish 4 cylinder diesel enough?

Why do you just want it to be just enough? Is it because you don't want to see Ford do better? I don't get why you are so anti bigger turbo. If the 2.7 fits, you must acquit.

An inline engine like the 2.3 Ecoboost fits neatly between the ball joints and shock towers of the Ranger with room to spare.

The 2.7 (a V6 with huge DOHC heads) will need to be dripping with Vaseline to squeeze into that tiny space. It's stupid.

@ papajim

You’ve never even seen the engine compartment in the new Ranger, yet constantly rant that the 2.7EB will not fit. The physically larger 3.6L DOHC fits fine in the Canyonaro. The 2.7L fits fine ( albeit transverse ) in the Fusion.

So prove it. Or drop it.

Search...

“ IS THE FORD RANGER RAPTOR US-BOUND? REPORT SAYS IT’S A SLAM DUNK FOR THE US MARKET “

@papajim
Why cannot a graphite Cricket Bat be the Bat of choice at a MLB game?
Because it was never designed for that purpose.
Performance Pickups are a contradiction in terms
Ranger Raptor ticks ZERO boxes as far being USEFUL as a Pickup
VW and Mercedes have a much better idea of more powerful, better
PERFORMANCE Pickups that will be good Off Road and have a much better payload.
Petformance Car/ Utes were great on road and could be good on dirt roads but that does not apply to the current Pickups.

@papajim
Why cannot a graphite Cricket Bat be the Bat of choice at a MLB game?
Because it was never designed for that purpose.
Performance Pickups are a contradiction in terms
Ranger Raptor ticks ZERO boxes as far being USEFUL as a Pickup
VW and Mercedes have a much better idea of more powerful, better
PERFORMANCE Pickups that will be good Off Road and have a much better payload.
Petformance Car/ Utes were great on road and could be good on dirt roads but that does not apply to the current Pickups.

Nobody talks about the 3.0 EcoBoost. It shares the same block as the 2.7, but has more power and torque. It would have around 400/400. Perfect for the Ranger Raptor.

I want a Ranger , but it looks like i will have to wait for a more truck like engine is available. No way do i want a 2.3 liter turbo gaspot for truck duty, i want a diesel but not a punt 2.0L, at least a 2.8L or 3.0L and inline diesel, no V6 junk. Come on Ford, i know it will steal sales from the F150, but give us a more manly powertrain, not squirrel cage engines, i hate the ecoboost gaspots, very poor on fuel and useless under stress of a truck duty.

@Alex
What comment posters miss, this was built for the Asia Pacific not NA so that is why a diesel.
I personally think it will sink. Yes it should have been introduced into NA, but tne initative came from the Ranger design team in Australia and promoted by Ford US who are wishing it will work in Asia.

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@SuperDutyF450 - the full-sized Raptor is as wide as a HD dually. The Ranger Raptor will do fine being as wide as a full sized pickup since that will make it much more stable. The ZR2 Colorado is wider than a stock Colorado too.

"Nice copy of the ZR2 Ford, to back it looks like cheap crap. Ford always following the real leader GM!"

A GM fan has their head up their azz.

This is definitely not a copy. (and I love the Colorado)

"Ford has to realise, as technically superior the Ranger Raptor is over it's rivals, it needs horse power to appease the performance image of the vehicle."

I agree.

"Re. 2.7EB Agree the Raptor Ranger does appear wider "

Yes the Raptor Ranger is wider but that is because of longer control arms and flared wheel wells.

The engine compartment and frame is the same width as the standard Ranger.

@Alex
What comment posters miss, this was built for the Asia Pacific not NA so that is why a diesel.
I personally think it will sink. Yes it should have been introduced into NA, but tne initative came from the Ranger design team in Australia and promoted by Ford US who are wishing it will work in Asia.

Posted by: Robert Ryan | Feb 11, 2018 8:33:36 PM

@Robert - u have no backup for yr negative predication; this will sell well & the Chinese will line up in droves to buy it - not sure about the Aussie market but hey, the world doesn't center around Australia - the global Ranger is No. 1 in sales in Europe & South Africa and soon, the US too. Also, have some faith in Aussie engineers & ingenuity :-)...

But as much as I love V8's, I believe this will be the future until trucks need to go electric and/or hydrogen powered...shucks :-(

But similar predictions came up several yrs ago when Ford announced new 2.7 4 banger for F150; everyone ate crow & I was pleasantly surprised (test drove one in the US).

Further more, you don't own a Ranger & I do ('15 Wildtrack); I recently added some light modifications (2 inch lift/w NITTO Trail Grabblers 285/65 on 18's, flare extensions plus Raptor front end/decals) & get compliments all the time. But I left the 3.2 TD stocked as it wasn't needed; it still blows away all my buddies with the newest & latest offerings from Nissan, Hilux & VW. Now 4 yrs old & almost 100 000 kms, still going strong like day 1 (only major repair cost was A/C fans).

I've being raving about this truck for several years on this site & I'm pleased the US market will finally get to experience it. I have no doubt the US built version will be even better than the Asian version & with Ford ahead of the game building smaller turbo power plants....my 2 cents.

@GMBailout

I guess we'll see soon enough. In the meantime I stand on my earlier comments about this.

The way that camo version was ripping around the desert, I don't think it's going to lack performance.

I want a Ranger , but it looks like i will have to wait for a more truck like engine is available. No way do i want a 2.3 liter turbo gaspot for truck duty, i want a diesel but not a punt 2.0L, at least a 2.8L or 3.0L and inline diesel, no V6 junk. Come on Ford, i know it will steal sales from the F150, but give us a more manly powertrain, not squirrel cage engines, i hate the ecoboost gaspots, very poor on fuel and useless under stress of a truck duty.


Posted by: Snowman | Feb 11, 2018 7:33:10 PM

You are so wrong about the Ecoboost. My 2.7 is a towing animal. I know the 5.4 was just an adequate motor performance wise, but this 2.7EB makes that 5.4 look really bad in the real world. I owned an 08' with the same 3.55 gears as my 2.7 and it is like comparing apples and watermelons. The low rpm torque in these things is insane. And then they have the high rpm hp to boot. I got hand calculated 23.1 on a beach trip last summer (4 people and bed loaded) going south. 21.7 coming north. You can definitely have Eco with these engines if you try. Towing mpg is about the same as the 5.0
I will admit I would love to see the 2.7EB in the Ranger. It would reinvent the class performance wise. However, I'd rather have the 2.3EB than the 3.3 V6.

@Lionel
It appears it is getting a lot of negative reaction and not it appears just for the engine. Payload; towing, on road performance and acceleration have been criticized
https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/ford-rejects-ranger-raptor-20-litre-engine-backlash-67260/amp

@Robert; we should wait for the first actual test results from the critics but just like the US Raptor, it was not designed/built to tow/haul. But I can understand the backlash from Aussies who tend to use their utes for real everyday work....

papajim,
You are standing on shaky ground.

@ Lionel
That is my comment about a" question that was not asked" is. I think the Mercedes and Amarok will help define a " performance " Ute

@Robert Ryan--I don't really know if this is the same answer for the US but maybe if Ford decides to build a US Ranger Raptor they might want to up the ante with a 2.7 Eco-Boost. That and the extra decals and plastic flares would be enough to make it a hit in the US. I have to admit the Ranger Raptor is a nice looking truck.

Not the real Jeff S

That's the fake papajim.

Ranger Raptor is having a hard time being accepted outside NA
http://www.caradvice.com.au/622782/2018-ranger-raptor-poll/

I saw a story online from some mid-level VP at Ford saying that the Ranger Raptor in the US will NOT have any kind of diesel offered. A shame really.

Instead he said that there's an RS version of the 2.3 Ecoboost that gets some pretty hairy HP/torque figures and he's thinking it will be the one. He admitted that the 2.7 motor is a possibility as well.

I'm still betting on some hot version of the 2.3

@papajim
A Raptor Ranger will work in the US diesel or otherwise. That is where the emphasis should have been in the first place.
Not really going to fly excuse the pun in Australia / New Zealand etc
I really have doubts about the Project leader he has come out with some pretty strange statements

We heard you Robert. Youre a broken record stuck on full retardd. Never go full retardd. This is going to sell in Australia. Take your fakenews polls and shove it.



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