I can't believe Ford would engineer the world's most off-road capable small/mid-size pickup, then proceed to ignore the world's largest truck market. This will come here, but with one of the three EcoBoost V6's under hood.
I didn't think this was coming to the US from the mundane fact that none of the prototypes sported the US-spec design. Looks good though!
If we don't get an announcement around Chicago or New York for a US Raptor, than it won't be coming with the 2019 Truck.
Ford usually likes to save things like this for a mid-cycle update to reinvigorate interest instead of front-loading everything so that might happen here.
It's also a non-trivial matter to develop this product with different engines so the fact that this Raptor is diesel significantly complicates the possibility that they've made one for the US.
If they don't bring it to NA then I'd guess it has more to do with the Bronco than anything else. A four door Ranger Raptor and four door Bronco cover a lot of the same ground and would surely compete for sales in the same showroom.
(prolley just to be contrary)
I'm thinking a ThaiRRaptor is kinda like re-sizing/morphing what the USRaptor role is into RotW-speak (drivetrain could/might vary by market?)
for the US I can kinda see 2 (TWO) Rangeros: 1 offroad powerful, 2 light-&-nimble
but neither using the Raptor nameplate
still wondering about a non-squinty (square-ish) Bronco face on some USRanger ... eventually
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Everything that was made US-spec (bumpers, fenders, etc.) has changed for the Raptor version, so I don't understand your " they didn't have US specs " comment.
The rear light fixtures, tailgate, rear glass, and CHMSL are all elements redesigned for the US Ranger which are not present on the global Raptor which use the existing components instead. None of the Raptor prototypes were updated with the US spec designs which would incorporate things like the redesigned aluminum tailgate, wider LED light fixtures with Radar modules, electronically controlled rear window opening (like F-150) and more.