In case you hadn’t heard, Ford Asia Pacific has revealed that a performance-oriented off-road truck called the “Ford Ranger Raptor” is officially in the pipeline – at least for the Australian market. The mid-size off-roader is slated to launch in the Land Down Under sometime next year, its specs, options, and appearance still a mystery.
Now, thanks to some renderings commissioned by Autoblog, we can at least take a peak at what the forthcoming Ford Ranger Raptor could look like under all that camouflage. A series of renderings generated by Avarvarii depict an aggressive, off-road Ranger in blue with many of the same styling cues as the current, 2017+ Ford F-150 Raptor, including a militant-looking front bumper, heavy-duty front skid plate, sporty black grille, black fender flares, and a big ole tailgate appliqué.
It looks like an F-150 Raptor Jr., and that’s exactly what Ford should make it.
There’s been much speculation with regard to what engine the Ford Ranger Raptor will come equipped with when it goes on sale in Australia next year – not to mention what will power it in the North American market, assuming it ever arrives. One spy photographer who managed to capture a prototype on camera claimed he heard a diesel engine emanating from the tailpipe, but others have claimed to hear an EcoBoost mill. If we had to place a bet, we’d say the latter possibility seems more plausible for US customers, but it’s not hard to imagine a diesel Raptor selling in Australia and certain other markets.
Be sure to visit Autoblog.com for the Ford Ranger Raptor renderings, and check back here for more on the forthcoming mid-size off-road truck as it breaks.