Ford Ranger Raptor Appears on Build-And-Price Site in Oz

ford ranger raptor appears on build and price site in oz

Bent on turning its Raptor trim into a wide-reaching line of off-road-ready rigs, Ford will be applying the name to not just its F-150 but also upcoming variants of the Bronco and Ranger. While this isn’t new information – after all, Jim Farley himself tweeted about the Ranger Raptor earlier this year and the Bronco Raptor is currently being driven in California – it is neat to learn the truck has shown up on the company’s build-and-price tool Down Under.

There’s a less-than-zero chance Ford will offer the 2.0-liter diesel, available in other markets, in North America, but the 3.0L EcoBoost which pops up in overseas Ranger Raptors will be found stateside. As essentially the same setup found in the Bronco Raptor, suggested figures of 392 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque are well within reason. History teaches us there must be a pecking order in Dearborn – the F-150 Raptor makes 450 hp and the Bronco Raptor pumps out 418 ponies. Still, roughly four hundred horses in a mid-size pickup truck is hardly a trifle; our friend Sajeev makes do with 143.

Back at the Aussie build-and-price, we find further confirmation of FOX-branded 2.5-inch live valve internal bypass shock absorbers, electronic front and rear lockers, a yaffle of drive modes, and optional beadlock-capable wheels. The latter are wrapped in meaty 285-section BFGoodrich KO2 tires, the weapon of choice for many of these types of applications both from the factory and in the aftermarket.

Inside we see a large tablet-style infotainment screen in the center stack, a unit that drags the Ranger’s interior kicking and screaming into the present day. A fully digital screen fronts a typical Ford-style steering wheel, while a phalanx of buttons for off-road toys like downhill descent control and trail driving assist pepper the center console just aft of the gear selector. With the Blue Oval having figured out how to incorporate a ‘rear dig’ (the so-called Trail Turn Assist which locks one rear wheel at uber-low off-road speeds to aid with tight turning) on the Bronco, one wonders if that type of toy will make it onto machines like the Ranger as well. We hope so.

The next Ranger Raptor is shown as having a release date of August 2022 in the Land Down Under. Expect it on these shores not too many months after that time.

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  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Jun 15, 2022

    Looks really sweet, I'm worried about pricing however. A '22 Ranger Tremor can approach 50k, will the new mid-size Raptor add another 3-4k or closer to 10k? I can't wrap my head around a 55k Ford Ranger even in today's schizophrenic economy.

  • Irvingklaws Irvingklaws on Jun 15, 2022

    Lemme guess, crew cab only? Would be more interested (in actually purchasing) in a Ranger a NON-crew-cab configuration.

  • Michael500 Sorry, EV's are no good. How am I supposed to rev the motor to impress girls? (the sophisticated ones I like).
  • Michael500 Oh my dog- this is one of my favorite cars in human history! A neighbor had a '71 when I was a child and I stopped and gazed at that car every time it was parked outside its garage. Turquoise with a black vinyl. That high beltline looks awesome today!
  • ScarecrowRepair I'd love an electric car -- quiet, torque, drive train simplicity -- but only if the cost was less, if recharging was as fast as gas (5 minutes) and as ubiquitous. I can take a road trip and know that with a few posted exceptions (US 50 from Reno to Utah), I don't have to wonder where the next fuel station is, and if I do run out, I can lug a gallon of gas back.Sure I'd miss the engine sounds and the joys of shifting. But life is all about tradeoffs.
  • Tre65688381 Let's face it, aside from the romanticized, visceral sounds of a robust V8/V10/V12, many if us appreciate raw torque and power enough that if our preferred poison is adequately met (track, drag, street, canyon carver, etc) we don't care whether it runs on liquid or current. The batteries just can't ruin the dynamics or the practical range.That said, I would still really miss the sound of a V8 bubble at start up, and at wide open throttle, yet would feel silly piping it into my electric car. Like an adult version of a baseball card in the bike spokes.
  • Inside Looking Out EVs also have low center of gravity. I prefer the silence of nuclear thermal rocket in outer space.