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    Ranger Raptor "Would Do Really Well" In U.S. Says Chief Enginner

      Let's add more fuel to this fire

    Last week, Ford unveiled the Raptor Ranger. The bad news as we reported was the model wasn't going to come here, but a tweet from Ford's North America Product Communications manager gave some hope that possibly, a smaller Raptor could come.

    More fuel has been added to this fire via some comments made by the chief engineer for Ford Performance, Jamal Hameedi. Speaking with Australian outlet Drive, Hameedi said the truck "would do really well in the states."

    “I think it’s certainly like it’s a baby Raptor, it depends what you’re looking for. There are a lot of people that just want that size in a pickup truck and they don’t want anything larger,” said Hameedi. 

    Hameedi went on to say that the diesel engine found in the Ranger Raptor would likely be swapped for a gas engine.

    “I think most American off-roaders would actually prefer a petrol gas engine, but a diesel is the absolute way to go for the rest of the world.”

    We think a version of Ford's 2.3 EcoBoost could be the engine of choice for a U.S. variant. 

    But it will likely be a while before a final decision is made on the Ranger Raptor coming to the U.S.

    “We haven’t said anything about availability in the US, our first priority is to get a Raptor available to everyone on the planet earth. So Americans already have an F-150 Raptor, we’ve got to spread Raptors to the rest of the planet,” said Hameedi.

    Source: Drive



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    5 hours ago, dfelt said:

    YES, BRING IT HERE and they will come! :metal: 

    They get on a roll with product like this I will drive American cars until the day I die...neat time to be an enthusiast.

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    Bring it here with the same spec and offer the Bronco SUV version the same way... a Bronco Raptor would be fun.

    (Haven't seen anything about the Bronco in a while, considering the US Ranger is pretty much unchanged from the ROW Ranger, I wouldn't be surprised if the Bronco is much the same as the Everest....though I think should just call it Everest for the US--slot it in between the Edge and Explorer.. and do a 2dr as the Bronco). 

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    A Ranger Raptor with the 2.3 Ecoboost would sell well.  This just seems like a no brainer with how many Z71 and TRD trucks you see, and the name "Raptor" sounds cool,  compared to some alpha numeric boring name.  It is like names like Stinger or Mustang sound a lot better than GT86.

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    Of course, by all means bring it here, but we've been told the base engine for the regular Ranger will be the 2.3L EB... it needs more cajones as a Raptor, and to compete with Chevy/GMC I think they need a diesel.

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    Would be interesting to see where the bulk of the Z71, TRD and Raptor are sold. Be interesting to see the demographics of who are buying them.

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    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Of course, by all means bring it here, but we've been told the base engine for the regular Ranger will be the 2.3L EB... it needs more cajones as a Raptor, and to compete with Chevy/GMC I think they need a diesel.

    Nobody said that the diesel currently in the Raptor sold elsewhere cannot be sold here.

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    5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Of course, by all means bring it here, but we've been told the base engine for the regular Ranger will be the 2.3L EB... it needs more cajones as a Raptor, and to compete with Chevy/GMC I think they need a diesel.

    They have a 2.3 version making 350hp/350tq. 

    1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

    Nobody said that the diesel currently in the Raptor sold elsewhere cannot be sold here.

    True, but I think I read that it is very unlikely Ford will want to pay to certify it here. It would be pretty cool to have a twin turbo 2.0 diesel. 

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    2 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Would be interesting to see where the bulk of the Z71, TRD and Raptor are sold. Be interesting to see the demographics of who are buying them.

    Probably all over the place with those three trims. Raptor is by far the most expensive, TRD Pros are 40-50k and Z71's probably get discounts as they aren't as hardcore as the other two listed. 

    I actually wouldn't even put a Z71 in there. 

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    58 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    They have a 2.3 version making 350hp/350tq. 

    True, but I think I read that it is very unlikely Ford will want to pay to certify it here. It would be pretty cool to have a twin turbo 2.0 diesel. 

    Agree the 2.3 is a cool motore.

    Agree again, Diesel in America is very limited and I would have to question from a business standpoint the viability of certifying that diesel motor and putting it in the Ranger with the increased cost it would add.

    28 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Probably all over the place with those three trims. Raptor is by far the most expensive, TRD Pros are 40-50k and Z71's probably get discounts as they aren't as hardcore as the other two listed. 

    I actually wouldn't even put a Z71 in there. 

    But seeing the selling point of them would expand everyone's understanding of the Marketing potential of where they are sold the most.

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      A rotary gear shift dial for the 10-speed automatic transmission; heated and cooled 10-way power adjustable front seats; heated second row seats; wireless charging pad for compatible devices; heated steering wheel; retractable second row sunshades; and second and third row privacy glass are among the comfort enhancing features delivered as standard. Platinum models also feature a 14-speaker, 1000-watt premium B&O Sound System as standard, with a 12-speaker, 800-watt premium B&O Sound System for ST-Line variants.
      FordPass Connect embedded modem technology turns the Explorer Plug-In Hybrid into a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. In addition to helping drivers plan faster, less stressful journeys with Live Traffic updates for the navigation system and enabling occupants to stream entertainment on the move, FordPass Connect allows a range of convenient features via the FordPass mobile app, including:
      Vehicle Locator, helping owners find their SUV in sprawling shopping mall car parks Vehicle Status, for checking fuel levels, alarm status, oil life and more Door Lock Unlock, to remotely allow access to your vehicle Remote Start** The 10.1-inch portrait mounted touchscreen – standard for the Platinum variant – enables navigation maps to fill the entire screen for easy viewing, or split the space with audio information. The screen uses capacitive glass comparable to that used in smartphones and tablets, providing a quicker, more responsive interaction with the SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, which also allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands.
      The touch screen shares information with the available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, configured to support drivers in getting the most from their Explorer Plug-In Hybrid powertrain with dedicated screens including power flow, charging and energy-efficiency coaching. An 8‑inch central touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are standard for the ST-Line variant.
      Stylish, modern design
      A number of consistent design qualities have helped define Explorer during 29 years of success in the U.S., and the design team strived to hold on to these important pieces of heritage when designing the all-new generation. Longtime traits include Explorer’s blacked-out front and rear window pillars. A sporty, stylish appearance is achieved using a sloping roofline and short front overhang.
      The Explorer Plug-In Hybrid comes standard with bold 20-inch alloy wheels with black machined finish for ST-Line models and tarnished dark machined finish for Platinum models.
      ST-Line models feature a gloss black finish one-piece grille, and high gloss black for the roof rails tailgate applique and door claddings. The interior also features red accent stitching for seats, floor mats and sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, as well as carbon fibre-effect appliques for the instrument panel.
      Platinum models feature a satin finish one-piece grille, and satin finish for the roof rails tailgate applique and door claddings. The interior also adds real wood appliques for the instrument panel.
      “Massive charisma and unprecedented road presence come as standard with our all-new Explorer Plug-In Hybrid,” Matthias Tonn said. “With distinctive ST-Line and Platinum variants available, customers can find the right option to suit their personality.”
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