Ford has decided not to offer a midsize Raptor pickup in the States at launch Multiple reports are stating Ford will not bring a Raptor variant of the current Ranger stateside. Despite the unprecedented popularity of pickups in North America, Ford believes that bringing the Ranger Raptor here would be cost-prohibitive. Hermann Salenbauch, vehicle line director for Ford Performance, told reporters that because the Raptor is based on the global Ranger, offering a US version at launch would not be viable due to time constraints and development costs. Ford’s decision may also have been swayed by the fact that the global Ranger Raptor utilizes the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, an option that is not offered or certified for North America.
Though we are disappointed the Ranger Raptor will not roam our shores anytime soon, the decision does make sense from Ford’s perspective. According to Salenbauch, F-150 Raptors are only sitting on dealer lots for an average of 20 days. With plenty of buyers willing to shell out at least $54,350 for those, there is not much incentive for Ford to offer a cheaper, less profitable off-roader.
That said, as hot as truck sales are in the US right now, withholding any variant from North American buyers does raise an eyebrow. Currently, the most expensive US Ranger is the 4WD Lariat, which starts at $39,480. A Ranger Raptor would likely slot in a couple thousand above that.
Though the baby Raptor is not coming right now, diehard Blue Oval fans should not lose hope yet. Ford hasn’t ruled out the possibility for the Ranger Raptor to be sold in the US at some point. In the meantime, if you’re still looking for a midsize off-road-ready pickup, you do have other options. Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 starts at $42,290, and Toyota will sell you a TRD Pro Tacoma for $46,410.

Source: Auto Week