Ford Previews 2018 Ranger Raptor For Thailand

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Ford Previews 2018 Ranger Raptor For Thailand

Fitting a US-market Ford F-150 Raptor inspired grille is one of the most common modifications for fans of the Ford Ranger. It appears that Ford has been listening and will be introducing a new Raptor variant to the Ranger line-up in Thailand next year.

Details are scarce and it is unclear if this new Ranger Raptor is an all-new model or a final hurrah special edition model before the current T6 generation Ranger retires. Launched in 2011, the current generation Ranger is already at the tail-end of its model lifecycle and is due for a replacement soon.

Whichever generation it is, our guess is that the Ranger Raptor will built upon what’s available in the 3.2-litre turbo diesel Ranger Wildtrak. Despite the name, the Ranger Raptor is unlikely to be related to the US-market Ford F-150 Raptor, which is powered by a 3.5-litre turbocharged EcoBoost V6 petrol engine - not a very suitable engine for pick-up trucks in this region.

The single teaser video released by Ford suggests that Ranger Raptor is not going to be some dressed up pretty looking pick-up truck. Instead, the Ranger Raptor is likely to feature some serious off-road performance enhancing goodies, tough enough for high speed rally cross races in unforgiving Australian outbacks.

Also shown in the video is a new Ford Performance sub-brand, suggesting that Ford will be introducing a range of factory-approved performance enhancing parts, at least for Thailand. 



As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.



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