Ford Ranger Raptor ruled out for the US

Blue Oval executive reveals to American publication there are ‘no plans’ to bring bi-turbo diesel pickup to the States.

Hermann Salenbauch, vehicle line director at Ford Performance, has ruled out the introduction of the Ranger Raptor in North America according to new reports.

Speaking with Autoblog, Salenbauch explained there are a couple of reasons why the company’s smallest Raptor wouldn’t be heading Stateside.

Firstly, the Ranger Raptor offered in Australia – soon to be offered in certain parts of Europe – is based on the global version of the Ranger, not the US model. According to Salenbauch, matching the Raptor to US ‘requirements’ would be ‘prohibitive’ in terms of development time and costs.

Part of that is also due to the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine, which isn’t currently offered on the US-market Ranger.

Finally, Salenbauch noted the Ranger Raptor was developed for markets where the larger F-150 Raptor isn’t available, so all regions could have access to a Raptor-badged model.

While the model line boss gave the above reasons for not bringing the performance Ranger to the States, the publication reckons another issue for the company’s North American division is market price, considering it could be priced too close to the F-150 Raptor – which starts at roughly US$50,000 ($70,487).