The truck you see here needs no further introduction. The Ford Ranger Raptor is now here, and it’s now on sale at your nearest Ford dealership, along with the refreshed Ranger line-up.
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 Goodrich 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 sandwiching 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.
The best part about the Raptor is its price. Prices start at an affordable P1,898,000. Remember that the Ranger Raptor is a pick-up truck, which means it benefits from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).
Meanwhile, the Ranger line-up has also been refreshed for 2019. It has been given an updated look up front. It gains restyled bumpers, restyled wheels for the XLT variant, restyled grille, and the same HID headlights with LED daytime running lights from the Everest for the Wildtrak variants. The interior has been slightly revised, with the Wildtrak insignia also now appearing on the dashboard. It also gains passive entry with push button start.
What’s more interesting in the newly revised Ranger are its powertrain choices. Gone is the 3.2-liter Duratorq inline-4 TDCI engine. What remains is the 2.2-liter inline-4 Duratorq engine, which still produces 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque. The other one is the EcoBlue 2.0-liter inline-4 diesel engine in two states of tune. The first one is the exact same 2.0-liter EcoBlue twin-turbo diesel engine from the Raptor, while the other is a single turbo unit that produces 180 hp and 420 Nm of torque. A 10-speed automatic is the automatic transmission option for the new EcoBlue engines, while the 2.2-liter diesel still uses a 6-speed automatic. Elsewhere, the 6-speed manual is the other transmission option.
Pricing for the Ranger are the following.
Wildtrak 2.0 4×4 AT: P1,695,000
Wildtrak 2.0 4×2 AT: P1,455,000
Wildtrak 2.0 4×2 MT: P1,390,000
XLT 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,233,000
XLT 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,173,000
XLS 2.2 4×4 MT: P1,178,000
XLS 2.2 4×2 AT: P1,089,000
XLS 2.2 4×2 MT: P1,029,000