After a long wait, we finally have our first look at the 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor high performance truck.
Described as a combination of an ATV, a motorcross bike, and a pick-up truck, the Range Raptor has certainly borrowed many of the styling cues of the F-150 Raptor. Its design is characterized by a rather large grille, with the “FORD” insignia boldly placed on it. The aggressive grille is flanked by LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. Butching up its looks are a bulging hood, extremely wide fender flares, and satin skid plates at the front and rear. There’s a new set of LED tail lights, and there are Ranger and Raptor badging at the back, which are done in black. Being a Raptor, the wheels are wrapped in chunky BF Goodrish all-terrain tires.
Inside, it looks pretty much similar to the standard Ranger, except for a few racy bits that include a sports steering wheel with a red highlight in the middle, sport seats with aggressive side bolsters, and blue stitching on the steering wheel, seats, dashboard, and door panels. As ever, there’s an 8-inch SYNC3 infotainment syste with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and rather than utilizing the Wildtrak’s large analog speedometer flanked by two LCD displays, it instead uses two sporty analog gauges sandwiched by a TFT LCD screen in the middle.
The new Ranger Raptor is powered by an all-new 2.0 liter twin-turbo inline-4 diesel engine that produces 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic and an electronically selectable 4WD system. Unique to the Ranger Raptor is the F-150 Raptor’s Baja sand racing mode. Ensuring its off-road stability and durability are its beefy extended-travel Fox Racing shocks, uprated brakes, and it benefits from a Watts Link rear suspension.
Development took place mainly in Australia, where it was honed in the desserts and sand dunes of Australia’s vast geography. The Ford Ranger will be sold in Australia and other Asia Pacific countries, with the Philippine debut being speculated by many to be at this year’s 2018 MIAS.
With pick-up trucks being exempted from the TRAIN automobile excise tax, with the entire Ranger line-up seeing a price decrease, do you think the Ranger Raptor will be a hot seller?
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