Here’s Why Ford Should Bring The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor To America

The 2019 Ranger marks Ford’s return to the midsize pickup truck segment in the United States, but the range’s most desirable model probably won’t be coming Stateside.

Yes, we’re talking about the Ranger Raptor, a diesel-powered version that’s already on sale in markets such as Australia, Southeast Asia and Europe. Officially, Ford says it would be too costly to make the Ranger Raptor comply with U.S. regulations, as the performance variant is based on the international version of the Ranger.

However, patent images surfaced earlier this year in the United States, pointing at an eventual launch in Ford’s home market. Unofficially, rumor has it Ford is afraid the Ranger Raptor would steal sales from the larger, more profitable F-150 Raptor. So, is the Ranger Raptor really that good?

As it turns out, it is. Autoblog went to Australia to drive the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor and find out whether U.S. customers should feel sorry about it not coming to America. Well, they should because the performance truck is mighty impressive off-road.

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Chances are you’ll reach secluded places more easily in the Ranger Raptor than in the F-150 Raptor, given the former model’s smaller footprint. Factor in the Fox shock absorbers, rear coil-over setup with Watts linkage, Terrain Management System, as well as the impressive ground clearance and off-roading angles, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Ranger Raptor would get stuck.

Not everything about it is perfect, obviously. The reviewer points out that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine lacks a bit in the power department. True, 210 hp (213 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque don’t sound that bad, but the 2019 Ranger Raptor is a heavy vehicle and needs to be floored at highway speeds when the need of overtaking arises.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    If that’s what Americans want then they should have it, but the Ford Ranger isn’t the best truck of its size in Europe or Australasia. Adding a slightly more powerful engine doesn’t change that.

    • GPFan

      What’s better than the Ranger?

      • Scino Iem

        A Hilux.

        • GPFan

          Not even a comparison, Ranger wipes the floor
          Can’t drive a Hilux down a dirt road anymore without it going into limp mode. Google it!

        • Matt

          HiLux is inferior to the Ranger in everything except reliability – but even then that isn’t what it used to be.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        AutoExpress compared a Mitsubishi L200, Ford Ranger & Volkswagen Amarok.
        L200 came out on top. Ranger came in third place.

        • GPFan

          Here in Australia, every 6months or so there’s a comparison involving 10+ of these 4×4 dual cabs. Ranger is always in the top 2 along with the Amarok. Always a decent gap to 3rd
          Different country, different requirements perhaps

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Absolutely. Ranger over here has a history of not being put together very well.

  • charlotteharry57

    Lets see how it does in the US market first. And what the final pricing looks like. Seeing that Ford is apparently working on a Focus-based smaller pickup, assume for price reasons, my bet is the Raptor version of the Ranger would easily clear $50K. For that, you can get a quite nice F-150.

  • Eric

    First off, it’s a total shame the a U.S. car manufacture can’t figure out how to bring their own hallmark truck to the United States. 2nd, after seeing the base new Ranger in person in Brazil, the looks leave a little something to be desired, in that it looks now too much like the upcoming Nissan Frontier or Navaro (or the one that’s available everywhere except the US) and current Chevy Colorado. The edges are just way too smooth.

    The new mid size trucks are all just way too Aerodynamic looking to be… like… a truck.. 🙂 They look like toys.

    The full size raptor is appealing to people because its’ wide, tall, and boxy. It’s not trying to look like the new Honda Ridgeline, a truck that should be ashamed to be called a truck. It’s an SUV with the hatchback chopped off.

    I picked up a new 265hp / 280ft/lb torque Nissan Frontier Desert Runner 2 years ago for $23,000. Granted, the looks also leave a bit to be desired but price and performance wise it’s still one of the better deals out there.

    The ONLY mid size trucks that still have that “truck” look to them are the Toyota Tacoma and the upcoming Jeep Gladiator. Now THAT is real looking mid size pickup truck.

  • Bash

    How about that we simply want it!

  • john1168

    That Ranger Raptor is bigger than I thought it would be.

  • MarketAndChurch

    More important than the Ranger raptor is the focus based pick up, but I agree, the raptor is important from a marketing and image standpoint.

  • Harry_Wild

    Ford will eventually bring to the U.S. in 5-6 years when sales of the regular sales of the Ranger level off and the F-150 Raptor are declining. But it will not be cheap. Remember the release of the Raptor at the beginning got a MAP of over $50K, bringing a full load model over $140K!

  • Thomas Welcomer

    Typical… This was the reason for MANY bad decisions. When you have people in your organization that fear robbing sales of another of your models, you need NEW DECISION MAKERS!!

    As a lifelong Ford guy, it’s FRUSTRATING when the company doesn’t do what is SOOOOOO obviously needed. Like keeping the previous generation Ranger relevant .

    The reason for the sales decline was in part, due to the lack of updates to the model. No matter how good sonething is, it WILL fall behind the conpetition if you let it die on the vine .

    I just wish Ford would use common sense and build GREAT vehicles instead of trying to guess what a fickle public wants.

    Not everyone wants a giant pickup to leave outside the garage .

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