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UPDATED: Ford unleashes Ranger Raptor

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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor

IT’S time for Ford fans to get their Raptor on. The first ever Ford Ranger Raptor has been revealed in Thailand today, with the off-road performance ute finally showing its true colours at a special launch event.

First rumoured and revealed in its pre-release form back in September last year, the ultimate Ranger is now set to take on the world, loaded with Ford Performance DNA, and its already established engineering capability and toughness.

The Ranger Raptor includes standard front and rear Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers to help travel at high speeds off-road, and includes increased ride height, wider track and improved approach and departure angles.

The new Ford pickup truck has been designed to ensure extreme off-road capability and stability, and the innovative new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs helps ensure rear axle lateral stability, and improves ride and handling.

The new power train combination of a 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine and 10-speed transmission has proven durability through extensive testing, offering smooth torque and power through independent turbos and closer gear ratios over a wider overall span.

That power equates to 157kW, with torque dropping in at 500Nm. The Raptor also features two on-road driving modes; normal and sport; along with four off-road driving modes; grass/gravel/snow, mud/sand, rock and Baja; the last of these set up for spirited high speed off road driving.

Designed by the Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, the Ford Ranger Raptor extends the Raptor name from its flagship off-road performance offering, the F-150, to the Ranger.

“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.

There are design changes everywhere with a stunning new grille featuring the iconic block FORD lettering, while a frame mounted front-bumper system is designed to offer desert durability performance and a distinctive presence.

The front bumper also includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, which help to reduce air resistance of the body. New flared front fenders made from composite materials add space for the long travel suspension and oversized tires.

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. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.

Vehicle stance is noticeably bigger everywhere, with the Ranger Raptor standing at an impressive 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm. Ground clearance is increased to 283mm.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Updated styling to the rear includes flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors.

Providing an abundance of space, the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2,500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs during the week.

Inside, Ranger Raptor offers a tailored Ford Performance DNA interior design with a high level of craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials suitable for both off-road driving and everyday use.

The seats are specially designed for off-road high speed performance support, allowing the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort.

The dash cluster has aggressive styling, encompassing a host of Driver Assist features. The steering wheel is distinctively different and includes new Raptor lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changing.

The new Ranger Raptor also comes with unique under body protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements.

It’s fully loaded with technology too, with a host of advanced Driver Assist Technologies (DATs), available at the push of a button, which are not just cutting edge, but genuinely practical for everyday use.

Leading the way in connectivity, SYNCÆ 3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets the driver use their favourite devices while their hands stay on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The Satellite Navigation System comes into its own when off-roading in remote areas, even offering a ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when entering un-chartered areas – perfect for the serious off-roader.

Ford’s comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is also there to help in difficult cornering and braking situations. The impressive technology suite includes Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).

The rear view camera displayed on the eight-inch colour LCD screen matched with the rear parking sensors gives drivers the utmost confidence when parking anywhere. Intelligent Access, also known as passive entry, allows the owner to unlock, lock and start the vehicle without having to reach for their keys.

The Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced at Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using Ford’s latest state of the art manufacturing techniques and facilities. It will hit the Australian market at $74,990 plus on-roads. Availability dates will be announced soon.

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