Ford Australia Registers Ranger Raptor, FX4 Trademarks
Off-Road Flagships May Join Lineup Soon
The Ford F-150 Raptor has been such a hit in North America that the name may be applied to other models in Ford’s global lineup, most notably the global Ranger pickup. Australian automotive site Caradvice reports that Ford has registered the trademarks “Ranger Raptor” and “Ranger FX4” locally, believed to be in preparation for new models debuting in the next few years.
Officially, Ford says the recently introduced Wildtrak model is the line’s flagship and is where most of the resources are being channeled at the moment. However, Caradvice also notes that some Ranger prototypes sporting fender flares and larger wheels and tires have been seen testing in Australia, suggesting the trademark applications are not just a formality. Beyond appearance and suspension changes, little else is known about these variants. The Ranger is offered in Australia with a gas I-4 engine and 2.2L I-4 and 3.2L I-5 diesel engine options. The Raptor and FX4 will likely only be offered with the diesel engines.
However, don’t expect the F-150 Raptor to be joined by a little brother in North America anytime soon. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have been flying off dealer lots lately, so it’s possible that Ford could jump in on the action, but the official line from Dearborn is that it remains committed to its F-Series truck strategy for the North American market.