Ford hasn’t said a peep about whether or not some version of the new Ford Ranger Raptor supertruck might become available in the United States. But Ford Performance Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi, who was instrumental in bringing the original SVT Raptor to market, says he suspects the high-performance mid-size pickup might do well in the market – provided that it has the right powertrain.
The brand-new, 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor was unveiled earlier this month in Thailand, and will go on sale later this year in select global markets, including Australia.
“Raptors are a slam dunk for the US. I think [the Ford Ranger Raptor] would do really well in the states,” Hameedi told Drive.com.au. He went on to call the new Raptor “the best handling pickup truck I’ve driven, and not by an insignificant margin.”
“[With] the watt’s link and everything, I think it would go pretty well in America,” he said.
But were the Ford Ranger Raptor to make its way to the United States, the Ford Performance Chief Engineer feels “most American off-roaders would actually prefer a petrol gas engine, [even though] a diesel is the absolute way to go for the rest of the world.” And of course, releasing some version of the truck in North America isn’t pressing, as America already has the F-150 Raptor, and Ford’s “first priority is to get a Raptor available to everyone on the planet earth,” Hameedi says.
“We’ve got to spread Raptors to the rest of the planet.”