Last month, Ford South Africa confirmed that the highly-anticipated Ranger Raptor performance off-road bakkie will be offered locally. We have seen the Ranger Raptor prototype undergoing testing and our Cape Town-based artist has now created a speculative rendering of what the double-cab Ranger Raptor might look like.
The Ford Ranger Raptor is a hardcore, performance off-road bakkie that has local enthusiasts excited. Exact details of the forthcoming Ranger Raptor are scarce but this speculative render created especially for Cars.co.za provides some insight into what Ford is brewing in the Australian Outback.
The Ranger Raptor is currently being developed by Ford Performance in Australia and is expected to arrive in South Africa sometime in 2018 or even 2019, but its exact arrival date has yet to be confirmed.
In terms of what will power the Ranger Raptor, rumours abound and many believe that it will be fitted with either a revised 5-cylinder 3.2-litre turbodiesel currently used in the Ranger or even the 331 kW 3.5-litre V6 turbo petrol engine from the F-150 Raptor. However, interestingly, the latest indications are that the Ranger Raptor will debut a downsized, twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine.
A smaller engine will cut weight and with 2 turbochargers, a high-output 4-cylinder diesel engine can produce the necessary performance required for the Ranger Raptor. Power outputs of the rumoured 4-pot are unknown at this stage. Much like the larger Ford F-150 that’s sold in the North America, the Ranger Raptor will employ a 10-speed automatic transmission driving all 4 wheels.
In order to deliver its notable off-road performance, the Ranger Raptor will likely be fitted with a heavily revised suspension system. The Ranger Raptor will certainly look the part too with more aggressive and beefier styling and a wider stance when compared with the standard Ranger.
We will keep you updated as soon as more information on the Ford Ranger Raptor becomes available.
We would love to hear what you think of the Ranger Raptor, so feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us. Also, watch the teaser video for the Ford Ranger Raptor below!