Ford Exec Confirms: No Ranger Raptor for the U.S.

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By Aaron Bragman

So, here's a bummer: Ford's head of Performance Vehicles Thursday told a gathering of automotive journalists at the company's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters that there are no plans to bring the Ranger Raptor to the U.S. According to a report by Autoblog, Hermann Salenbauch, vehicle line director for Ford Performance, said that the Ranger Raptor is not coming to the U.S. for a variety of reasons.

First, it's not engineered for the U.S. — it's based on the global Ranger, not the slightly different American version, and bringing it up to U.S. specs would require too much time and investment. The changes to the truck would make it too expensive for the market.

Secondly, the purpose of the Ranger Raptor, according to Salenbauch, was to give the rest of the world the opportunity for a little Raptor love. The bigger F-150 Raptor is selling like crazy in the U.S., with just a 20-day turnover time on dealer lots, and always has — but most of the rest of the world doesn't get the enormous Baja-inspired off-road truck. The smaller Ranger Raptor just fits better in global markets.

Officially, word from Ford Performance is that no announcement is being made about a U.S. Ranger Raptor, one way or the other. "We don't have anything to announce regarding Ranger Raptor for North America," said a Ford spokesperson we contacted for confirmation of this report. The only official announcements have been about the Ranger Raptor for Asia-Pacific and European markets.

So yes, we're disappointed that we're probably not getting the smaller, more nimble, likely easier-to-park Ranger Raptor. But it just gives us more incentive to travel on the company dime to go try one out! Time to hit up the boss for that "research mission" to Australia ...

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Comments

@papajim--Then Ford is guaranteed success and will not fail since CEOs never make mistakes. Glad to hear it.

Read the 10k and make your own conclusions Jeff. Did you?

Jeff S is Marxist moron.

I have and I do not take everything as literal as you do. Scott as for Marxist I doubt you know what a real Marxist is. Ignorance is bliss.

Well that makes a lot of sense.

It would only detract from sales of the real Raptor.

I'm sure there will be some FX level something or another version that will compare to the ZR2/TRD/PRO4X packages.

The real Raptor is for real trucks in the US.

@Clint--Ford would be concerned that a Ranger Raptor would take away from the F-150 Raptor. Additionally why would Ford release a Ranger Raptor now when they could save it for a later date to generate continued interest in the Ranger? I don't fault Ford for that.

negative articles starting to appear
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/19/ford-shares-fall-after-morgan-stanley-downgrades-it-on-dividend-risk.html

@Clint--Ford would be concerned that a Ranger Raptor would take away from the F-150 Raptor. Additionally why would Ford release a Ranger Raptor now when they could save it for a later date to generate continued interest in the Ranger? I don't fault Ford for that.


Posted by: Jeff S | Oct 23, 2018 12:40:11 PM

I agree, sort of. I have read elsewhere that the Ranger will get a refresh in 2 model years. Ford basically went with the global design and 2.3 only to save development cost and time. If true, look for more engine options when the "new" truck arrives in 2021 or 2022. Maybe at that time Ford will deem a Raptor version feasible based on sales and introduce it a year after the updated truck?

Ford is unlikely to endure additional costs solely to pick up the additional 400 cc's you get from moving to the 2.7

The 2.3 will be a very popular drivetrain. 90 percent of drivers would not be able to feel the difference between the two engines.

A turbo 2.3 with a properly programmed 10 speed will be an awesome design for this application.

Ford is unlikely to endure additional costs solely to pick up the additional 400 cc's you get from moving to the 2.7

The 2.3 will be a very popular drivetrain. 90 percent of drivers would not be able to feel the difference between the two engines.

A turbo 2.3 with a properly programmed 10 speed will be an awesome design for this application.


Posted by: papajim | Oct 24, 2018 6:20:59 AM

I think the 2.3 will work fine and probably perform better than competing V6 trucks (or Ford's own 3.3L), but I don't think it has any advantages over the 2.7L. Unless it returns some crazy fuel economy numbers, which it will probably be a hair better than the 2.7 F-150. After towing a 5,500lb travel trailer 130 miles thru windy mountains this past weekend, I am just amazed more and more by the 2.7 Eco and how effortlessly it does it's job. I would imagine the 2.3 would pull the load sufficiently but requiring a good bit more work from the engine in doing so. A 2.7 4x4 F-150 has been tested doing 0-60 in 5.7secs. I know these aren't race trucks, but it is fun having that power come on so effortlessly. Imagine that in the mid size truck class.........I don't think the 2.3 will give you that.

@2.7EcoBoostRoost--I would say if enough Ford fans ask for the 2.7 EcoBoost in the Ranger Ford will eventually give it to them and the same with the Ranger Raptor. Ford is not sure of the demand for the Ranger and the plant capacity but that could change if the Ranger sells better than Ford projects it to sell. GM increased the Colorado production but not to where there is an oversupply of them. I believe the Ranger will sell better than Ford is expecting.

Ok ford! seeing as how you are trying to force American buyers into the way over priced Rapetor, by not making the cool little Ranger Raptor available here, I guess Im forced to go with the ZR2 instead! That just helps me decide! yea! a nice new Colorado Diesel ZR2! Mostly because of the 2016 I've owned now for three years without a single issue, or anything going wrong! Even though its just the V6, I get 18 city, 28 hyw and as high as 31 on The Overseas Waterway, down in The Florida Keys, where the speed limits are low, from 40-50 mph that with the cruise control set at 45, for over a 17 miles strip with little to no traffic is where I averaged 0ver 30 mpg! While effortlessly towing my 4,500 lbs travel trailer we get 15 mpg on our last 4,000 mile trip when we moved from Mass. to Florida, with a heavy truckload of tools and stuff, while towing the trailer, then off to Corpus Christi TX and a southern tour of our beautiful Country while our new house was being built! Now all our life's situation has changed, so when this lease is up in a few months, I will be buying the next truck for all our needs! So in this order to find the best deal, a ZR2, Ram Rebel or Ram Power Wagon, that all depends on the biggest discount!



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