US motoring company Ford has announced that its Ranger Raptor will be heading to South African shores.
“We are excited to announce that the hugely popular Ford Ranger bakkie will be available in an off-road performance variant for the first time,” said Ford South Africa.
“Designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, Ford Ranger Raptor sports a head-turning exterior look that exudes toughness as well as a level of capability and off-road performance never before seen in the mid-size bakkie segment.
“Sharing the same nomenclature as the F-150 Raptor, the world’s most extreme production bakkie, Ranger Raptor is in a class of its own among mid-size off-road performance vehicles.”
“Combining the Raptor’s advanced off-road capabilities with the versatility of the Ranger is a significant accomplishment for Ford’s world-class engineering and design teams,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.
The Ford Ranger is consistently one of the bestselling bakkies and vehicles in South Africa, with the brand selling 6,482 in the month of August.
According to the latest year-to-date sales data from WesBank and Naamsa, it is also the second best selling bakkie in 2017 – behind only the Toyota Hilux.
More details on the Ranger Raptor’s pricing and launch windows are expected at a later date.