The 2019 Ford Ranger made its return to the US soil. But, it is still unknown if the buyers in North America will be able to buy its performance-oriented Raptor version. Meanwhile, this model is available in Australia for several years. Now, the 2019 Ranger Raptor is going to appear in Europe. The company presented the compact truck and announced its specs.
This is another annoying step by Ford. While fans in its homeland are waiting eagerly for their favorite pickup, the truckmaker develops it for other markets. Well, in the US, small trucks are not so popular anymore, with the growth of the SUV segment. Also, diesel engines must go through the complicated procedure. So, Ford turns attention to Australia and Europe, where 2019 Ranger Raptor could use such mills and won’t have big competition.
2019 Ranger Raptor Powertrain and Specs
Under the bonnet of the Euro-spec 2019 Ranger Raptor is a diesel unit. Ford engineers opt for a 2.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBlue package. Thanks to the new setup, the four-pot engine is capable to produce 210 horses and 370 pound-feet of torque. Converted to units closer to European buyers, that is 213 PS and 500 Nm. The company is using the new 10-speed automatic gearbox and magnesium paddle shifters. This is just one of the parts the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor in Europe is going to borrow from its bigger sibling 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor.
Besides the new engine, the 2019 Ranger Raptor for European buyers will have a special set of features. It will boost the off-road capabilities. For example, the new alloy wheels increase strength and durability. Position Sensitive Damping system is a part of the suspension, together with Fox shocks. Aluminum control arms, 46 mm pistons, and Coilover rear set are things that will make a ride much smoother on tough terrains.
Furthermore, the 2019 Ranger Raptor is going to boost its versatility with special drive setups. Drivers can choose between six modes. Terrain management includes Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja setups.
What’s more, the 2019 Ranger Raptor appearance is getting few details, making it different from the base model, Australian version, and the F-150 Raptor. Leather seats with blue stitches are there. Also, the steering wheel comes with an on-center marker. Seats are designed to offer maximum comfort for the high-speed off-road ride.
Euro 2019 Ranger Raptor Release Date
Buyers in Europe will see the 2019 Ranger Raptor at salons next year. Ford presented it at Gamescom, a huge gaming event. At the same time, it was announced that Euro Spec 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor will appear in the new edition of Forza Horizon 4 video game. Well, if that is the official release date, then expect to see this performance-tuned truck in October.
The pricing was not announced during the gaming show. But, we can compare the cost of the Euro Spec 2019 Ranger Raptor to its sibling in the Australian market. It is a bit expensive, with cost around 45,000 euro. It is more than the Raptor version of F-150 costs in the US.