It’s well established just how capable the Ford F-150 Raptor is, but buyers in the U.S. don’t get the chance to buy up its smaller sibling, the Ranger Raptor.
This midsize off-road pickup is sold in worldwide markets and comes packing a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, FOX suspension, 33-inch BFGoodrich K02s, 11-inches of ground clearance and a host of off-road technology to make sure it is ready to tackle the trail.
Will it come to the US, and if it does, what will it look like? That’s the question we asked in this week’s special episode of Dude, I Love (or Hate) My new Ride @Home Edition. James from the Philippines submitted his Ranger Raptor, showing us a tantalizing piece of forbidden fruit.
If it arrived today in stock form, the Ranger Raptor would have some of the best ground clearance in the midsize off-road segment and some of the largest tires, with only the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon beating it.
But our best guess is that we won’t see the Ranger Raptor until the next generation of the truck arrives, probably in 2022. And even then, the high-speed Raptor version might not be available until a year later.
And when it arrives in the US, it’s doubtful that a diesel engine will be under the hood. The taste for horsepower in the US will likely push Ford into offering one of its turbocharged EcoBoost engines under the hood, though it’s hard to say which at this point.
Do you like the Ranger Raptor? Want it in the US? Let us know in the comments below.