When we first saw the new Ford Ranger Raptor earlier this year, we hoped it would come to the US. Just look at it jump! It promises to be as cool as the F-150 Raptor, in a smaller and, presumably, more affordable package. Sadly, the current generation Ranger Raptor won't be sold here. Ford Performance boss Hermann Salenbauch that the Ranger Raptor you see above is not US bound.
Salenbauch told Autoblog that the Ranger Raptor wasn't really designed with the US-market in mind, and reworking it for American consumption would be too expensive. Autoblog also theorizes the Ranger Raptor's twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder would not be feasible in the North American market. The Ranger Raptor will be available in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific market, including Australia and New Zealand.
After the US debut of the new Ranger earlier this year, Salenbauch's predecessor, Jamal Hameedi, told me the automaker's strategy for the Raptor nameplate. "To me, the most important thing now is that every human being in the world has access to a Raptor," Hameedi said. "So, if it’s North America, you get an F-150 Raptor; the rest of the world, you get a Ranger Raptor."
Ford will offer an FX4 off-road package for the US-bound Ranger, though. This $1300 package comes with an electronically controlled locking rear differential, skid plates, and some of the clever electronic off-road driving aids used on the F-150 Raptor. If you want a more hardcore mid-size off-roader, you'll have to opt for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 or a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. Or for around $10,000 more than either of those two, you could just pick up an F-150 Raptor, which has a starting MSRP of $53,000.
There's a chance that Ford might make a Raptor version of the upcoming Bronco, though again, this isn't confirmed. It might be misguided, but we'll cling to the hope that Ford might want a hardcore Wrangler challenger, one that will be available in the US. We can dream.