Ford Ranger Raptor May Be Coming—Eventually

As much as we scream and beg, Ford is not giving the US the Ranger Raptor—for now. But according to a recent report from Road & Track, a Ford Ranger Raptor may make its way to American soil sometime early in the next decade. They estimate by 2022.

Of course, this Ranger Raptor will look nothing the like Ranger that we currently have. By 2022, Ford will be giving the Ranger a facelift, as it will be about half way through its generation. That means we aren’t quite sure what this soon-to-come Ranger Raptor will look like. Further complicating matters, Road & Track reports that the model will actually be closer visually to the upcoming Ford Bronco.

So can we trust this information, and where is it coming from? Yes, we can, surprisingly, and even more surprisingly, the information is coming from actual Ford engineers on social media. A Ford engineer posted that he is working on a Raptor version of a Ranger that bears the internal code of P703. Why is that important? The upcoming Ranger’s internal designation is also P703 and is set for a North American release of roughly 2022.

All that put together means that we will likely have a Ford Ranger Raptor here at our dealership—just not as soon as we would like it.

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Ford Increases Overtime Due to High 2019 Ford Ranger Demand

When it was announced that Ford will be bringing the Ranger nameplate back, the industry got excited — and it looks like this excitement isn’t going to die down anytime soon. The Ford Ranger has officially arrived, but even after Ford’s first month of shipping them out, the demand hasn’t gone down.

In fact, the 2019 Ford Ranger demand is so significant that Ford has decided to add overtime shifts to its Michigan Assembly Plant, which produces the sought-after truck. Just last month, Kumar Golhotra, Ford President of North America, mentioned that he expected to sell over 1,200 Ranger models in the truck’s first month back on the market.

He also mentioned that more than 300,000 people have shown interest in purchasing a Ford Ranger in the near future. Because of this data, the company thought it best to begin adding overtime shifts at the beginning of this month.

“Based on the orders coming in, and based on the hand-raisers, we think the demand’s going to be so strong, that starting in February our assembly plant will be going into massive overtime,” said Galhotra in a briefing.

Ford began producing the Ranger in October at the Michigan Assembly Plant. This plant in particular was on the receiving end of an $850 million investment in 2017, allowing it to focus more on body-on-frame vehicle production.

If you’re interested in the 2019 Ford Ranger, please give us a call or visit us at Transwest Ford and we can help you find one.

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