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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-2018, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Ranger Raptor Caught on US Roads

So even though Ford has yet to confirm a U.S bound model of the Ranger Raptor, the truck was recently spotted in Michigan. This model was clearly shipped there from a foreign market, as it was right hand drive, and it was noted for sounding like a diesel. Does this all but confirm it for U.S customers?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-11-2018, 09:48 AM
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The North America would demand something similar to the 450-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 because the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine just honestly seems too underpowered for what we're accustomed to. It most likely won't do well if the U.S. spec Ranger Raptor gets the global engine.
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Well there is no way that the Ranger variant is going to have the same power offering as the F150 Raptor, but I agree that the turbo diesel is a little lackluster for the trim. If Ford looks to use the Ecoboost engine like everyone is assuming, we should see somewhere between 250-300hp.
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It looks like a Wildtrak model was spotted alongside the Raptor variant. It would make sense for Ford to offer this trim alongside the Raptor, as it is an incredibly popular model in Australia. The Wildtrak gets bigger wheels, a bedliner, more ground clearance and some styling tweaks.
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Really don't know how well the Raptor is going to do in Australia, considering how much higher they've priced it over the Wildtrak. I wonder if those decals are any indication of what will be available on the U.S model.
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Its also important to keep in mind that there is no F150 availability in Australia, so that may be the reason for Ford's higher price there. Since we have its larger sibling available in the U.S, Ford will have to undercut the F150 Raptor to compete.
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Really don't know how well the Raptor is going to do in Australia, considering how much higher they've priced it over the Wildtrak. I wonder if those decals are any indication of what will be available on the U.S model.
Austrailian car culture is very similar to American car culture although some cars both markets get aren't like other parts of the world. In this case being a step up from a UTE in a high performance package means a lot to them. Just look at how much they loved the Chevy SS, odds are it will play out just as well for the Raptor.
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The Wildtrak, the previous top of the line trim available in Australia is their best selling model. Hopefully interested buyers feel that Ford has done enough with the Raptor variant to warrant an new purchase. It certainly seems like the Ranger Raptor was built for handling the Australian outback.
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The Wildtrak, the previous top of the line trim available in Australia is their best selling model. Hopefully interested buyers feel that Ford has done enough with the Raptor variant to warrant an new purchase. It certainly seems like the Ranger Raptor was built for handling the Australian outback.
Not only in Austraila but other markets with rough terrain and truck culture to back it up like South Africa, Thailand, South America, and so on. If it wasn't for global appeal like that I bet we wouldn't be seeing even the regular Ranger trims let alone a Raptor.
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You're right that we likely would have never seen a Ranger revival had it not been for its success in other markets. I'm a little surprised to see another variant of the Wildtrak being confirmed, as there is already a plentiful amount of trims to choose from.
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