Ford to preview Raptor soon
Areport from Australia is claiming that Ford will unveil a production version of the Ranger Raptor in Thailand on 7 February.
According to caradvice.com.au, the Raptor, which will be built in SA as part of a further R3-billion investment at the Blue Oval’s Silverton Plant near Pretoria, will feature more aggressive styling and a number of tweaks underneath the skin, most notably a Watts rear linkage, coil spring suspension and increase in ride height.
While a petrol-powered Raptor is reportedly in the works for North America as part of the Ranger’s model relaunch, a twin turbo-charged version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbo-diesel engine powering the facelifted Transit, will provide motivation in the majority of international markets, mated to 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors.
Across the globe there seems to be a healthy demand for ‘super bakkies’.
Locally the V8 Amarok is in high demand and Mercedes-Benz sits with a long order list for the X-Class.