OFF-ROAD RANGER COMING SOON
A left-hand-drive version of Ford’s new Ranger Raptor was spotted in Windsor, Ont., earlier this month, suggesting the off-road compact pickup may hit North American dealerships soon. The photos of the truck, posted on the VW Vortex forum, show a red prototype with Michigan plates, Fox Racing shocks underneath, a Watt’s Link-style rear suspension and skid plates protecting its undercarriage. Ford North America executive Mike Levine took note of the images on Twitter, slyly chuckling at the idea the 2.0-litre diesel engine spotted in the prototype would be offered in North America. We know that 210-horsepower mill, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, will power the truck in Australia and Thailand, but it’s unclear what will motivate the Ranger Raptor in Canada. A 310-hp, 2.3-L turbofour is a candidate, says AutoGuide.