Ford just dropped details of its first ever Ranger Raptor which combines the off-road versatility of its 4X4 Ranger with the raw power of the F-150 Raptor Ute.
The Ranger Raptor features a 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine, replacing the V6 petrol engine of previous models. The new engine is paired with a 10-speed transmission to deliver a maximum 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
The chassis allows the vehicle to travel at high speeds and endure the punishment of off-road racing while the bespoke Watt’s linkage rear suspension and exclusive Fox Racing Shox, increase comfort and improve handling.
The vehicle itself is bigger and more impressive. It stands at 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long. Ground clearance is increased to 283mm, while the front and rear tracks are broader coming in at 1710mm.
The stunning new grille takes styling cues from the F-150 Raptor with the iconic block FORD lettering positioned within its centre. The frame mounted front-bumper offers desert durability and includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts to reduce air resistance.
A modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. The 1560mm x 1743mm tray is designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as tools and work gear.
Inside, the distinct steering wheel features a red stripe at the top-middle to let you know where the centre is when operating the vehicle at high speed. The new lightweight magnesium paddle shifters are built for crisp gear changing and are easily accessible near the perforated leather hand grip sections on the rim.
Ranger Raptor comes with a Terrain Management System with six modes for various experiences selected via a five-button switch also located on the steering wheel. The steering wheel is finished off with the Raptor logo debossed into the spoke bezel. Blue stitching and leather accents complement the interior.
SYNC 3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets the driver use their favourite devices hands free. The Satellite Navigation System comes into its own when off-roading in remote areas, offering a ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when venturing off the beaten path.
There are high levels of active and passive safety, including improved Ford Stability Control incorporating Roll Mitigation Function, Electronic Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Load Adaptive Control.
Inheriting vital capability from the Ranger and complementing that with DNA from the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is set to turn heads throughout Australia and around the world.
“It is amazing to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck – it’s an incredible, awesome experience!”
The Ford Ranger Raptor will be available in Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White and Conquer Grey colourways. The Ranger Raptor is expected to be priced around the $70k – $80k mark.