Ford Ranger Raptor confirmed for 2018


FORD has confirmed that the Ranger Raptor performance ute will join the line-up, arriving in Asia-Pacific markets next year.

The Ford Ranger Raptor will join the larger F-150 Raptor in the Blue Oval’s global off-road performance line-up, though is yet to disclose what will power the new hardcore ute.

“We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific’s toughest and smartest pickup truck to a whole new level,” said Trevor Worthington, vice president of product development for Ford Asia Pacific.

“Ford Ranger Raptor will offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favorite truck for the first time.”

Just a month ago, spy photographers in the US snapped a Ranger Raptor prototype undergoing testing, revealing the performance model’s multi-link coil-sprung rear suspension setup with a Watt’s linkage, rear disc brakes, and chunky BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 All-Terrain TA tyres – the latter potentially raising the Ranger’s ground clearance from 225mm to 254mm.

We’ve heard conflicting stories regarding what’s under the bonnet, though. Originally, it was claimed a prototype spotted in Australia sounded like it was running a petrol V6 – indicating that a version of the 336kW/690Nm 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 from the larger F-150 Raptor could feature.

However, the vehicle spied in the US was said to sound like a diesel, hinting that the Raptor could instead be powered by a more powerful version of the 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder oiler that does service in the core range.

Regardless of which powerplant resides under the new Raptor’s bonnet, Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission – co-developed with General Motors (GM) – is expected to be the shifter of choice.

In its press release, Ford says: “[the] Ford Ranger Raptor sports a head-turning exterior look that exudes toughness as well as a level of capability and off-road performance never before seen in the mid-size pickup truck segment”. –

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