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Old March 7th, 2018, 09:04 AM
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Default Ford Unleashes the Ranger Raptor, But

It won't be coming to the U.S. — at least for now.

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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Thailand hunh?,...that's disgusting! Hopefully the Michigan re-tool happens quickly.

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