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Left Hand Drive Ford Ranger Raptor Spotted in Ontario

A left-hand drive Ford Ranger Raptor has been spotted in Windsor, Ontario – just across the Detroit River from Michigan.

These photos come from a forum user over at Autos.ca that goes by the username of ‘rrocket’. They did some great work, not only photographing the exterior of the prototype Ranger Raptor but also getting underneath the vehicle and snapping some shots of its Watt’s Link rear suspension, Fox Racing shocks and underbody skid plates.

This prototype was allegedly equipped with the twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine found in the global version of the pickup. We wouldn’t look too much into that, though. Mike Levine, Ford North America’s product communications boss, appeared to hint that the 2.0-liter diesel engine wouldn’t arrive in North American-spec versions of the truck in a Twitter response to the photos. It does seem as though the Ranger Raptor will make its way here in some form, however, saying Ford will have an announcement to make in regards to the truck at a later date.

Ford is expected to debut the Euro-spec Ford Ranger Raptor at Gamescom 2018 in Germany later this month. It’s possible Ford could also detail the North American-spec truck at that event, but it’s equally as likely that it’s waiting for either the 2018 LA Auto Show in November or the Detroit Auto Show early next year to make the announcement.

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The Ranger Raptor for Thailand, Australia and other Australasian markets features a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine making 210 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s not clear what engine may power the North American truck, but the 310 hp 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Mustang EcoBoost is a possibility.

We’ll have full details on the North American Ford Ranger Raptor, assuming it will indeed arrive here, as soon as it becomes available.

Update: We originally found these photos on our sister site VWVortex’s forum and mistakingly attributed them to the wrong user. The photos were originally posted on Autos.ca and we have updated the story to give proper credit to the photographer.

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