Ford Ranger Raptor: mighty pickup confirmed for launch

Published: 21 August 2018

► New Ford Ranger Raptor
► Diesel grunt and tough chassis
► Coming to Europe in 2019

It took some time, but Ford has finally revealed a proper performance version of the Ford Ranger – the Ranger Raptor.

It’s designed to be like a baby brother to the properly amazing F-150 Raptor, but that doesn’t mean it comes up short on the performance or off-road prowess fronts. The Ranger Raptor is powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with 210bhp and 369lb ft, four-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Along with the beefy engine, which is more powerful than the 2.3-litre 5cyl diesel found in the Ranger Wildtrack, there are FOX shock absorbers like the ones seen on the F-150 Raptor, specially-designed BF Goodrich tyres and additional underbody protection.

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Also like the F-150 Raptor, there’s a drive mode system with six different choices: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja. The last of those is designed to be ready for ‘high-speed off-road performance, just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally.’ We advise against thrashing your Ranger Raptor on Brighton Beach, though.

Ford Ranger Raptor interior

‘Forget everything you know about pickups. Our new Ranger Raptor is a different breed,’ said Ford Performance’s European boss, Leo Roecks.

Ford chose the 2018 Gamescom event to show off its new Ranger, as the brand has confirmed it will also be appearing in the new Forza Horizon 4 racing game from Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft.

The price is unconfirmed, but we expect it to cost more than the Ranger Wildtrack when it arrives in Europe towards the middle of 2019.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches