Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Ford unleashes Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger The Ford Ranger Raptor is shown in this handout
Olivia Ford | 08 February, 2018, 00:49

A 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel lives under the bonnet, generating 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque.

Normally, automakers build a new model, stick to a set offering of mainstream trims, then they build in the specialty trims like a Raptor only after they have settled into a production schedule and sales cycle that will maximize the new trim's excitement level. Considering that market gets a 2.3-litre four-pot EcoBoost turbo and ten-speed auto (basically a re-tuned Focus RS motor), if they do end up there and tweak that engine, you'll have a properly small Raptor. There are also wheel-mounted paddles for manual control, should the mood take you. The front bumper includes LED fog lamps with "functional" air-curtain ducts, which help to channel air around the body. The flared front fenders are made from composite materials, which among other things resist dents and dings often associated with off-road travel. Ground clearance is increased to 11.1 inches, the approach angle is 32.5 degrees, rampover angle is 24 degrees, and the departure angle is 24 degrees.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Towing capacity is limited to 2500 kilograms, down 1000kg on the Wildtrak.

Inside the rough and tough theme continues, with unique seats that are created to give greater support at high speeds off-road, and they include suede sections to hold occupants in place.

If you still need a clue as to how hot the mid-size pick-up truck market is right now, just take a gander over towards the direction of Stuttgart - even Mercedes-Benz is in on the game, having launched the brand's first ever official pick-up truck previous year in the form of the new X-Class destined for markets such as Australia, South America, and Africa.

A new coilover suspension supports the rear of the truck, which uses a Watt's link setup and a solid axle, and all four corners are damped by internal-bypass Fox Racing Shox with 46.6-mm pistons. The 2019 Ranger Raptor also rides on all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tires that have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor.

The exterior colour palate has been significantly upgraded too, with Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, and Frozen White, being joined by exclusive hero colour Conquer Grey. In this mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back in terms of intervention to allow spirited off-road driving without fighting the vehicle's on-board systems. Those six modes are: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja. This means fast, crisp gear shifts at higher engine speeds to aid throttle response. This is for high-speed off-road performance inspired by the Baja Desert Rally.

"We'll have more to share about Ranger Raptor at a later date".

"Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance", said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.

"It is unbelievable to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush", he added. Toyota has an interesting percentage of its own that helps prove the case for a Ranger Raptor.

Ford's local division has confirmed with CarAdvice the Ranger Raptor is scheduled to arrive Down Under "late" in the second half of this year.

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