Ford Ranger Raptor Goes Official For Europe

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Thus far, we’ve known the Ford Ranger Raptor will grace the Australian market. Now, Ford has made the off-road pickup official in Europe. The automaker debuted the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor at the Gamescom video game conference in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday.

When the pickup goes on sale, the Ranger Raptor will feature a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. But the real goodies reside in the suspension.

To ensure the Ranger Raptor will handle Europe’s harshest elements, the pickup sports Fox shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping, aluminum control arms with protruding shock absorber towers and a new coilover rear suspension with integrated Watt’s linkage. Specially developed all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tires sit at all four corners.

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And to protect the Ranger Raptor from obstacles, a 2.3 mm bash plate joins the standard engine and transfer case shields.

At Gamescom, Ford also announced the Ranger Raptor will be included in “Forza Horizon 4,” the latest installment of the arcade racer for Xbox. In the process, Ford became the first automaker to debut a vehicle at the German video game conference as well.

With Europe and Australia pegged for a Ranger Raptor launch, we can only surmise a North American announcement is around the corner.

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Written by Sean Szymkowski

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  1. It seems very strange that the diesel engine for the Europe Ford Ranger would be different than the diesel engine used in Asia. When i was in Thailand last month, the local green grocer delivered the food three times a week with a Ranger with a 2.2 liter diesel engine and 6 speed transmission. It looked like a Raptor with the Raptor hood and big wheel well flares and big off road tires, but it wasn’t a real Raptor. By the way, diesel fuel in Bangkok was selling for 29 baht per liter, while auto propane was selling for 15 Baht per liter. There is about 32.5 Baht per USA dollar. Diesel fuel in Singapore is very expensive selling for $1.95 Singapore dollars per liter in September. The U.S. dollar is about $1.38 to the Singapore dollar. Obviously LPG propane is the only way to go for a new vehicle, but the Chev Colorado/isuzu Dmax, only offers a 4 cylinder gasoline engine besides the 2.8 turbo diesel sold in North America.

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