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Could this be the long rumoured Ford Ranger Raptor?


First spied two years ago undergoing at what appeared to be an off-road proving ground, new snaps from Australia has seemingly confirmed previous speculation that Ford is working on a Raptor version of its popular Ranger.

Snapped by Aussie online platform this past weekend, the disguised prototype, which unlike the North American version was right-hand-drive, retains the same taillight clusters and front end as the current model, but features a noticeable increase in ride height, flared wheel arches, off-road tyres and coil-spring rear suspension.

One of the names trademark by Ford at the same time of being first spotted, the other being the Ranger FX4 introduced in February this year and subsequently in South Africa two months later, the article further claims that the Raptor could ditch the current 3.2 TDCI engine for a detuned version of the 336 kW / 690 Nm 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 used in the F150 Raptor, and the same 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors.

As reported earlier this year, the Ranger's T6 platform will not only serve as a base for the revived American model, but also the Ford Bronco slated to reach production in 2020. Expect more details to be revealed in the coming months.


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