Suffice to say, there’s certainly a lot of hype surrounding the new Ford Ranger Raptor, and more importantly, if it will come to Malaysia. Well, a model overview page has since popped up on Ford Malaysia’s official website, along with a page for interested parties to register their interest, and we could see the performance pick-up truck here soon.

Curiously, the vehicle shown on the page is a Ranger Raptor in prototype form, although the finished product was already revealed in Thailand a few days ago. Beyond a link to an official release and the ROI page, details about the model for the Malaysian market will only be released at a later date (as stated in the small print).

The Ranger Raptor features an EcoBlue 2.0 litre biturbo diesel engine, marking the debut of the new Panther family in the region. The mill churns out 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, which is a tad bit more than a 3.2 litre Duratorq (200 PS/470 Nm), albeit with a lower engine displacement.

A four-wheel drive system and a Getrag 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission are paired with the engine, helping get power to the ground with the help of the Terrain Management System. To go along with the grunt, the Ranger Raptor also boasts upgraded brakes, a strengthened chassis and beefed-up suspension with Fox Racing Shox dampers.

The Raptor’s styling is both appealing and functional when tackling off-road terrain, with various plates and shields to protect the car’s components from physical damage. It also offers a ground clearance of 283 mm, approach angle of 32.5 degrees, ramp over angle of 24 degrees, and departure angle of 24 degrees.

When it does arrive here, the Ranger Raptor will most likely sit pretty at the top of the Ranger line-up in Malaysia, which is currently occupied by the Ranger 3.2 WildTrak. For now, get to know the pick-up better by watching our first look video, here. Show of hands, how many of you would be interested in the Ranger Raptor?

GALLERY: Ford Ranger Raptor