According to a new report by Australia's caradvice.com.au, Ford Asia-Pacific Vice President of Product Development, Trevor Worthington, remarked that the Raptor will "offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favorite truck for the first time".
In a subsequent teaser video released by Ford, the still heavily masked Raptor is seen racing through the Aussie outback and over a number of bumps, before cresting a hump cheekily identified by a marker next to the route as Conrod in reference to the straight of the same name found on the famed Mount Panorama Bathurst racetrack.
Aside from the expected styling tweaks likely to mirrors those of the F150 Raptor, the Ranger also receives a notable increase in ground clearance, a Watts rear linkage, flared wheel arches, off-road focused tyres and coil-spring rear suspension.
Speculation however continues to mount on the Raptor's choice of engine with initial reports claiming it will use a version of the F150's 336 kW / 690 Nm 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, although a recent sighting of a US-spec prototype hinted it could be powered by a more powerful version of the flagship 3.2-litre TDCi five-cylinder oil burner.
Regardless of powertrain though, which could also include the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 used in the regular F150, Fusion Sport and Edge, the sole transmission option will be a 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors.
No launch date for the Ranger Raptor has yet been announced, although Ford Motor Company South Africa, in a post on its official twitter page, confirmed it will be coming to local shores likely also next year.
IMAGE from Ford South Africa on YouTube