Ford has announced the debut of the Ranger Raptor for later this year in an official video.
Released by Ford Thailand, the short clip shows the ‘mini F-150 Raptor‘ on an off-road course, with a few interesting captions such as “ready for sand”, “ready for mud”, and “ready for hills”, among others, which probably refer to some special driving modes.
The fact that it was posted by the brand’s Thai arm backs up a previous report saying that the new Ford Ranger Raptor will be unveiled in Bangkok, on February 7, prior to its initial launch in the Asia Pacific region and before becoming available in other markets, including the United States.
Underpinned by Ford’s T6 ladder chassis, which will be used by the upcoming Bronco as well, the Ford Ranger Raptor is said to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The output remains unknown for now, but it could churn out more than the 197hp offered by the 3.2-liter diesel used in the regular models.
However, the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost unit, found in the larger F-150 Raptor, making 450hp and 510lb-ft (691Nm) of torque, remains a possibility in a slightly detuned state.
The 10-speed automatic gearbox, co-developed by Ford with General Motors, is expected to channel the output to the four-wheel drive system.