FORD Motor Company has announced that the hugely popular Ford Ranger truck will be available in an off-road performance variant for the first time. The purpose-built, desert-racing inspired truck joins the Ford Performance family, as the new ‘Ford Ranger Raptor’. The Ranger Raptor will be coming to Sub-Saharan Africa, with further information to be revealed in due course.
Designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, 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 truck segment.
In Zimbabwe, the Raptor will be available at Duly Motors and Croco Motors.
Sharing the same nomenclature as the F-150 Raptor, the world’s most extreme production truck, Ranger Raptor is in a class of its own among mid-size off-road performance vehicles.
Building on the success of the class-leading Ford Ranger, one of the best-selling trucks in a number of markets, Ranger Raptor brings the thrilling off-road performance capabilities of the ‘Raptor’ to the Ranger for the first time ever. With its bold appearance and extreme, off-road performance features, Ranger Raptor represents a new and distinctive breed of truck.
“Combining the Raptor’s advanced off-road capabilities with the versatility of the Ranger is a significant accomplishment for Ford’s world-class engineering and design teams,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.
Ranger Raptor joins F-150 Raptor to extend the globally renowned Ford Performance DNA, complementing the on-road high performance line-up of Ford GT, Mustang, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.
Thechronicle.com.au wrote that, labelled by Ford as the “ultimate performance off-road truck”, the Ranger Raptor will arrive next year.
They said the purpose-built, desert-racing inspired pick-up truck will join the Ford Performance family.
Designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, Raptor is forecast to feature a tough exterior and off-road performance “never before seen in the mid-size pick-up truck segment”.
“We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific’s toughest and smartest pick-up truck to a whole new level,” said Ford Asia Pacific’s Trevor Worthington.
“Ford Ranger Raptor will offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favourite truck for the first time.”
Ranger Raptor joins F-150 Raptor to advance the globally renowned Ford Performance DNA, complementing the on-road high performance line-up of Ford GT, Ford Mustang Shelby, Focus RS and Focus ST.
As reported two weeks ago, the Raptor will be pitched against a Holden Special Vehicles-enhanced Colorado and a new modified TRD HiLux with tougher looks inside and out, bigger wheels and tyres, overhauled suspension and performance brakes.
It’s expected to be powered by a version of the current 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel.