According to caradvice.com.au, the Raptor, which will be build in South Africa as part of a further R3-billion investment at the Blue Oval's Sliverton Plant near Pretoria, will feature more aggressive styling and a number of tweaks underneath the skin most notably a Watts rear linkage, coil spring suspension and increase in ride height.
While a petrol powered Raptor is reportedly in works for North America as part of the Ranger's model re-launch, a twin-turbocharged version of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engine powering the facelifted Transit will provide motivation in the majority of international markets, mated to 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors.
Facelifted Ranger spied
Meanwhile, the online platform has also published first images of the facelifted Ranger, minus any camouflage, due to arrive later this year.
Allegedly snapped not far from its Rayong Plant in Thailand, the updates mainly consist of new headlights with integrated daytime running LEDs, new grille and front bumper, fog lamps and door handles incorporating proximity sensors. No changes appears to have been made at the rear.
Up front, the Ranger will most likely retain the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engine as flagship, although the article claims that the 2.2-litre mill will make for a detuned version of the Raptor's 2.0-litre oil burner in various states of tune. The aforementioned 10-speed 'box is also tipped to replace the current six-speed self-shifter.
Expect more details to emerge over the coming weeks.