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

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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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I actually really, really, really like this vehicle.  Were I in the market for a small performance oriented truck, I would ahve to give this a drive.

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

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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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I wonder what a US spec Ranger Raptor would retail for in the US, under $50k? 

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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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