All-new Aussie developed Ford Ranger Raptor packs new twin turbo grunt and hardcore off-road ability
The all-new Ford Ranger Raptor has finally been unveiled at a launch event in Thailand. Ford’s Aussie design and development team drew inspiration from the Ranger Raptor’s American cousin, the Ford F-150 Raptor.
And that inspiration is more than evident: there’s that bold “FORD” grille, those butch front fenders that are made from resin and are said to be dent resistant, useful when tackling the rough stuff.
The Ranger Raptor should be pretty capable in the rough stuff, with Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers fitted front and rear, all-new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs helps ensure rear axle lateral stability off-road while also improving ride and handling. Increased ride height along with approach and departure angles ensure that this is the most off-road capable Ford Ranger yet.
If you do get stuck though, there are 4.5 tonne rated recovery hooks mounted up front, along with reinforced cross members for mounting spare tyres.
The wheels and brakes have been upgraded, too. The front rotors are now 332 x 32mm in size and the rear rotors are 332 x 24mm and they’re mated to a 54mm caliper.
The chunky 17 inch rims are bespoke to the Ranger Raptor.
Power comes from an all-new 2.0 litre twin turbo four-cylinder diesel that produces 157kW and a healthy 500Nm of torque. The new powerplant is mated to an equally new 10 speed automatic, which naturally sends power to all four wheels.
The new Ranger Raptor will be clever, too, with multiple drive modes including: Normal mode, Sport mode, Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, Mud/Sand mode, Rock mode and Baja mode. Baja mode restrains the car’s electronic nannies and quickens gearshifts for improved acceleration. Think drifting about in the sand, just like in the car ads.
Speaking of electronic aids, the Ranger Raptor is fitted with stability control, trailer sway control, hill start assist, hill descent control and load adaptive control. The sat nav even has a clever that leaves “breadcrumbs” should you decide to adventure deep into the unknown.