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Ford con­firms the Ranger Rap­tor ute is headed to Oz

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Ford Aus­tralia says the Ford Ranger Rap­tor – set to be re­vealed on Fe­bru­ary 7 iin Bangkok, Thai­land – will be com­ing to Oz this year.

The Ford Ranger is al­ready one of Aus­tralia’s high­est-sell­ing ve­hi­cles, so it comes as no sur­prise that Ford is keen to get the Rap­tor of­froad per­for­mance vari­ant onto the mar­ket here.

The Rap­tor shares its nomen­cla­ture with one of the world’s most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion utes, the Ford F-150 Rap­tor. The Ranger Rap­tor joins the F-150 Rap­tor, Ford GT, Ford Mustang Shelby and the Fo­cus RS and ST vari­ants as one of Ford’s range of high-per­for­mance ve­hi­cles.

The Ford Ranger Rap­tor has been de­signed and en­gi­neered to de­liver an “adrenaline-pump­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”, Ford says. The Rap­tor has an ag­gres­sive, sporty ex­te­rior look as well as a level of off-road per­for­mance and ca­pa­bil­ity Ford says is rarely seen in the mid-size ute mar­ket.

At this stage, Ford is be­ing tight-lipped about en­gine per­for­mance and other specifics, but name-shar­ing with the F-150 and the in­volve­ment of the Ford per­for­mance en­gi­neer­ing team are good in­di­ca­tors the Ranger Rap­tor is go­ing to be an ab­so­lute beast.

As to what will re­side un­der the bon­net, a re­li­able source says three en­gines were at least con­sid­ered dur­ing Rap­tor Ranger de­vel­op­ment.

First and most ob­vi­ous is an up­rated ver­sion of the cur­rent Ranger’s cur­rent 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre 5-cylin­der turbo-diesel. We’d ex­pect some­thing in the vicin­ity of the Tick­ford-tuned Ford Ranger’s 169kW/564Nm from this ap­proach.

Op­tion two is re­port­edly the 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6, which can be found in the Ford Fu­sion V6 Sport and pro­duces 242kW/515Nm.

Last, but cer­tainly not least, we are told that the 257kW/440Nm 2.3-litre 4-cylin­der from the Fo­cus RS was also tri­alled.

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