Ford Reportedly Confirms The Ranger Raptor Won’t Come To America

The Ford F-150 Raptor has been a huge hit for the automaker and this helped to spawn a Ranger Raptor for international markets.

With Ford finally bringing the Ranger back to the United States, there has been plenty of speculation about whether or not the Ranger Raptor will come along for the ride. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case as Autoblog is reporting the vehicle line director for Ford Performance said it’s not feasible.

As Hermann Salenbauch explained, the Ranger Raptor is based on the international version of the pickup and making it comply with US regulations would take too long and cost too much money.

Salenbauch didn’t go into too many specifics, but one of the biggest challenges likely involves swapping out the truck’s twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – which produces 210 hp (213 PS / 156 PS) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque – for a petrol engine. Not only would the engine need to be replaced, but it would also have to be more powerful than the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder which is the only engine offered in America.

Another issue Salenbauch mentioned is that the Ranger Raptor was designed for markets where the F-150 Raptor isn’t popular or available. That isn’t the case in America where consumers can’t wait to get their hands on the truck.

While Salenbauch didn’t mention it, the decision not to offer the Ranger Raptor in America probably also involved price and demand. The model would undoubtedly cost more than the Ranger Lariat 4×4 which starts at $36,210 and quickly climbs to $40,000 when equipped with a few options such as the FX4 Off-Road package.

The Ranger Raptor also had the potential to steal some sales away from the F-150 Raptor, so that probably worked against it as well.

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Not only were they dumb enough to ditch their sedans here (especially since there are still several interested in them, myself included), but hearing the Ranger Raptor not landing in NA now makes me think whether this is how Ford is treating the North American market these days….

    …dicks.

  • Mike anonymous

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    ….
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    So it’s been “reported”, that it’s been “confirmed”,. but it hasn’t been “confirmed”, officially from ford,… “reportedly”.

    I still have hope for the Ranger Raptor in the US, but I would prefer to trust the final say of the automakers themselves, directly from the automaker.

  • Jay

    For this instance I hope Ford is lying when they actually “confirm” it not coming to the U.S.

  • Rocket

    One idiotic decision after another …

  • NO MENTION WHERE THIS WILL BE MADE.
    IT’S PATHETIC THAT AN AMERICAN CAR COMPANY DOESN’T OFFER IT’S MOST DESIRABLE CARS IN IT’S HOME MARKET.

    • john1168

      yup…

  • TheBelltower

    Ford has abandoned the U.S.

    It’s entirely possible that Ford’s downward spiral will be fast and irreparable.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Bullshit. You don’t want to cannibalize F150 sales.

    Stop taking the piss, Ford.

  • General. Koofta

    i was definitely waiting to buy one!

  • john1168

    I’m VERY disappointed in Ford with this decision but I’m not surprised at all…

  • Adam Tom

    Ranger has huge mechanical problems since the beginning. Raptor is the same car, with another engine. European engines is 2.2 and 3.2 litres diesel. Our company purchased 4 rangers and all of the has 4×4 issue – construction problem – and recalls in service due to water infiltration in electric compartments. When the 4×4 system is engaged, the car brakes with front axle when turning. And below the worst part.

    One week ago, at 12 Oct 2018, my 2017 ranger had a complete brake failure, when I was crossing a bridge, at 60 mph-legal speed. Only a miracle kept me away from a major crash, due to the traffic jam ahead. And the brake pipe is not available even in the parts factory and I must wait at least 4 weeks. One week without a car. Also build in Maroc. At the car service (bdt ford Bucharest, Romania), I found another client with 2016 ford Mondeo – two engine changes in two years. After three years mondeo warranty expires. He told me about his old 2010 Honda Accord with 2.4 litres engine – not even a failure in 8 years. In Europe, ford is the worst car manufacturer. I really hope the Ford bankruptcy will soon hit Europe.

  • Keyser Soze

    Ford is protecting F150 sales, plain and simple. The Ranger as a whole is a pathetic attempt to get a few sales from Chevy while also not stealing a single F150 sale…and it shows. And it’s why they continue to not get my business. As someone else mentioned, we’re their home market. What they didn’t mention is we are also the only place they make money. Perhaps they should replace their furniture salesman CEO with a real car person. I had money in hand waiting for the Ranger Raptor…

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Love stories like this as it reminds me of Henry Ford’s principles during WWII. The loser never wanted to build anything for the war effort and objected no end about it to the American Government. We all know who’s side he was on. His company has never been pro-American, yet Americans seem to love the brand. Always amazes me!

  • ksegg

    This makes no sense. Why wouldn’t they sell this here?????

    And bring back the Focus ST and RS back you idiots.

  • Harry_Wild

    Auto analyst think that the F150 Raptor sale would be hurt if they introduce Range Raptor in the U.S.! The exclude they are given is that the process of certifying in the U.S. is to costly for Ford! LOL!

  • How disgusting.

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