2018 Ford Ranger Raptor confirmed for Australia

Off-road performance variant coming next year

There’s already a huge amount of love for the Ford Ranger among Aussie ute buyers, now a seriously cool version of the big-selling offering is also on the way.

Ford Australia has just confirmed the Ford Ranger Raptor is coming in 2018.

The car company has put up a teaser video of the keenly-anticipated new variant on their website – check that out here.

Ford tell us the Raptor has been designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, with a level of capability and off-road performance never before seen in the mid-size pickup truck segment.

Details still remain sketchy on the Ranger version, however the larger Ford F-150 Raptor (available in North America) boasts engine performance modifications, as well as increased under-body protection, jacked-up suspension, larger off-road tyres and cosmetic additions.

There is no word either on whether the Ranger Raptor will retain the traditional 3.2 litre turbo-diesel engine, or will offer an EcoBoost V6 engine (as found in the F-150 Raptor).

“We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific’s toughest and smartest pickup truck to a whole new level,” said Trevor Worthington, vice president, product development, Ford Asia Pacific.

“Ford Ranger Raptor will offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favorite truck for the first time.”

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The new Ford Performance offering will take on the recently arrived Toyota HiLux TRD and a possible HSV version of the Colorado.

Related: Ford delighted with Ranger sales in 2017

We will bring you more details on the Ford Ranger Raptor as further info and updates come to hand.

Stay up to date with the latest Ford News at behindthewheel.com.au.

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