The first shipments of the all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger began after the mid-size pickup entered production at Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) earlier this month, though the new, production-constrained pickup won’t launch in Australia until this summer and the U.S. next year. However, those looking to purchase a new Ford Ranger Raptor in Europe are able to secure their copy today, as order banks are now officially open in that part of the world. Like Australia, deliveries of the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor are expected to begin in Europe this summer.
Though it’s a brand new vehicle, there are quite a few changes in store for the nex-gen Ranger over the coming years, mainly in terms of powertrains. For starters, the new Ranger also serves as the basis of the next-gen Volkswagen Amarok, though the two will be distinctive from each other. An EV variant of the mid-size pickup is also reportedly in the works, while the Ranger Raptor is likely to get a hybrid powerplant with more power at some undetermined point in the future as well.
As Ford Authority reported back in April, Ford is also considering offering a street performance tire option for the new Ranger Raptor as an alternative to the truck’s standard BFGoodrich K02 rubber to maximize the performance of its Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost powerplant, which will crank out 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in the U.S. and Australia, but only 284 horsepower and 362 pound-feet of torque in Europe.
In terms of pricing, the new Ranger Raptor will start at $52,500 when it launches in the U.S. next year, as Ford Authority exclusively reported back in February, and $85,490 AUS in Australia, which equates to $63,935 USD.