Ford will try to squeeze its way back into the mid-size truck segment with the 2019 Ranger, which launches late this year, but a Ranger Raptor is far from certain just yet. It would give the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 some direct competition, which has continuously sold well for General Motors.
However, Ford North America Product Communications Manager, Mike Levine, responded to an inquiry on Twitter, Ford Authority reported on Thursday, and said the company will have more to share about the Ranger Raptor in at a later date. He confirmed the Ranger Raptor that debuted on Thailand is specifically for the Asia-Pacific markets.
The global Ranger Raptor will use Ford’s 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine, which will provide 210 horsepower and about 370 lb-ft of torque. It boasts a unique frame and includes standard Fox Racing Shox. Like the Colorado ZR2, it presents itself as more of a rock crawler than a performance machine.
Should the Ranger Raptor come to the U.S., it likely won’t feature a sole diesel engine option. Ford could opt for the more powerful 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 engine. The Colorado ZR2 offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 2.8-liter Duramax turbocharged four-cylinder engine.