Ford plans to bring the Ranger to American buyers — and production to Michigan — for the 2019 model year. It’s looking like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro might soon have a Ford rival, as Australian customers receive the Ranger Raptor for the 2018 model year.
The Ranger Raptor’s beefy front suspension setup is a big departure from the standard T6 Ranger, now looking more like that of its bigger brother, the F-150 Raptor. There’s no word on whether the smaller Raptor also sources its suspension components from FOX, the relationship exists to make it happen.
For now, Ford isn’t saying if or when North American customers will have an opportunity to purchase a Ranger Raptor. But, given the existence of competition within the domestic midsize pickup market, it’s hard to imagine Ford missing the opportunity to enter a popular market new market of sporty, off-road trucks.