The highly acclaimed Raptor name may soon not be exclusive to the Ford F-150, with the automaker’s Australian division recently filing a trademark application for the name “Ranger Raptor” in addition to “Ranger FX4.”
Both filings were dug up by Australian publication CarAdvice, who also snapped some photos of an off-road oriented global Ford Ranger prototype undergoing pre-production tests. The timing of the filings and the photos lends some credibility to rumors suggesting an off-road special edition Ranger could be on its way, with a revised version of the Ranger scheduled to launch in Oz later this year.
Some of the special features on the off-road prototype seen testing included an exhaust snorkel, flared wheel arches, a front bulbar and raised suspension. The truck was also being driven on a gravel road at speed by a test driver wearing a racing helmet, presumably to test the truck’s revised suspension setup.
It’s currently unclear if an off-road Ranger, or “Ranger Raptor,” would use a different powerplant than the 2.2- and 3.2-liter diesels on offer in the truck right now. We’ll probably have to wait until the updated Ranger debuts later this year to hear more about the potential special-edition truck, but for now, check out the spy shots here.