Ford's hot new Ranger Raptor is SA bound!

Ford's hot new Ranger Raptor is SA bound!

The biggest question right now is what is under the Ranger Raptor's hood?

According to Ford Asia Pacific vice president, product development Trevor Worthington, the Ranger Raptor will further lift the bar in the mid-size ute segment.

Inspired by desert races such as the Baja 1000, it's called the Ranger Raptor (if it's anything like the severely attitudinous F-150 Raptor with which it shares the name that's not a bad thing) and it will be coming to South Africa in due course - expect more information closer to the time.

Ford has announced the Ranger ute will be available in an off-road performance variant for the first time.

The video doesn't give away any specs, but it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that the Ranger Raptor will carry a turbocharged EcoBoost engine, just like its bigger brother.

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Dubbed Ranger Raptor, the blue oval says it has been "designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience" with a more aggressive visual identity than the tradie-focused mainstream models and additional off-road performance. That said, it's likely a new 10-speed automatic transmission will be bolted onto the back of it; this is the same transmission that serves in the F-150 Raptor.

Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi echoed this sentiment, adding that the newest Ranger is an outstanding achievement for the manufacturer.

Even if the Ranger Raptor doesn't score a boost in engine performance, it's yet another sign of the changing identity of light commercial vehicles in Australia.

As well as the Ranger Raptor, there are rumours Holden Special Vehicles appears to be working on an HSV/Walkinshaw version of the Colorado, while Mercedes-Benz has also been forced to deny it is considering an AMG version of its upcoming X-Class luxury dual cab.

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