The “Built Tough Ford” tagline seemingly never sounded better than when associated with the all-new first ever Ranger Raptor, a model that marries the well-known prowess of the midsize pickup with the Ford Performance DNA.
It’s going to be produced in Thailand where the Ranger feels like at home and comes as the younger brother to the F-150 Raptor, mixing the standard model’s go-anywhere chops with performance enhancements that will make it even more capable both in and out of the trail. It’s a dual cab off-road, performance pick-up truck “purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific”. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see it in Europe as well – the home market of US will need to wait for the new generation Ranger before even thinking about the possible Raptor build.
The F-150 Raptor influenced thoroughly the Ranger Raptor, featuring the same signature grille design with block FORD lettering and there’s also a frame mounted front-bumper system with new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, while the fenders have been made out of composite materials. The new hues include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, along with the bespoke Hero color for the Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey – there are also contrasting Dyno Grey accents across the bodywork. The dimensions have also changed noticeably – the Ranger is now 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm. Naturally, most importantly, ground clearance has surged to 283mm, while the approach angle of 32.5°, ramp over angle of 24°, and departure angle of 24° are also above the standard specifications.
Chassis improvements now include a specifically-designed long travel suspension consisting of standard front and rear Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers along with an innovative all-new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs. Under the hood resides a completely new 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine packing 210 horsepower (157 kilowatts) and a powerful 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque, which is actually more powerful than the Australian-version five-cylinder 3.2-liter Duratorq engine, adding some 14 hp (10 kW) and 22 lb-ft (30 Nm).