FORD has slapped a $74,990 (manufacturer’s list price) price tag on the hotly anticipated Ranger Raptor, to woo would-be punters. The ute will run a 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine capable of 156kW and 500Nm, which will be backed by a 10-speed automatic adapted from the F150.

“We’re unbelievably excited and delighted to be able to confirm that the Ranger Raptor is coming to Australia in 2018,” said Graeme Whickman, president and CEO of Ford Australia. “The response to our announcement in September, and the interest from the global reveal back in February to bring it to market at such a sharp price only adds to the anticipation ahead of its arrival in local showrooms.”

The Raptor has a locking rear diff, low- and high-range 4WD, and a sixmode Terrain Management System that features Baja mode for spiked off-road performance. Off-road credentials extend to long travel Fox suspension, aluminium upper and lower control arms, heavy-duty skid plates, wider front and rear tracks, increased ride height and approach and departure angles, and an 850mm wading depth.

Ranger Raptor is set to launch in Q3 this year.