OFF-ROAD RANGER COM­ING SOON

Calgary Herald - - DRIVING - Driv­ing.ca

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.

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