Although there is still no official announcement about a Ranger Raptor for the U.S., we suspect Ford would not be testing it here unless the company thought it made sense. Our spy photographers recently caught one testing on the streets in Dearborn, Mich., during a spring snowstorm, lending credence to that assumption.

No doubt the Ford Ranger Raptor will expand into global markets it's never known as the mid-size off-roader gains popularity in Australia, South America and Africa. If it debuts here in the U.S., we don't think it will take long for it to impact sales of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, its two top-tier direct competitors. The test Raptor seen in these photos lacked camouflage, showing off its good looks. Additionally, we thought you might also want to see what the WildTrak package (quite popular in Australia) will look like, as our spy shooters caught it running around uncamo'd as well (see bottom photos). Here's what they sent about the Raptor:

"Although this production-spec Ford Ranger Raptor was caught in right-hand-drive guise, seeing it testing stateside gives renewed hope for those patiently waiting for confirmation from Ford. This truck features a never-before-seen graphics package and the engine seemed to omit that all-too-familiar diesel clang heard on earlier prototypes.

"The Ranger Raptor made its official debut in Bangkok, Thailand, in February. Upon debut, Ford confirmed that it would be equipped (for global models) with an all-new twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel good for 211 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque while mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

"The 2019 Ranger FX4 debuted in the U.S. with a version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost used in the Mustang and Lincoln MKC paired to a 10-speed automatic, although engine options for the Ranger Raptor would more likely consist of a version of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, found in the F-150, and (fingers crossed) the new twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel.

"We wouldn't be surprised if the U.S.-spec Ranger Raptor made an official debut later this year."