Ford Philippines used the Ford Island Conquest (FIC) as a venue to also publicly launch the new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor–nearly a year after the Ranger made its local debut. The next-generation Ranger Raptor follows in the footsteps of its Baja-tuned predecessor whilst offering a great breadth of tech and capability than before.
Of course, with the Ranger Raptor, what you’re probably keen to find out is what lies under the bulging hood. If you were expecting the twin-turbo V6 from the Bronco Raptor, then we have bad news for you. Instead, it continues to get a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel that produces 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. While most Filipinos would indeed favor diesel, we do think it’s a missed opportunity that the twin-turbo V6 isn’t offered even as an option.
A host of chassis and structural upgrades have also been implemented in the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. Fox shocks (albeit not the electronically-controlled adaptive ones from the gasoline-fed twin-turbo V6) are there to handle the toughest of terrain and the punishment it’s (hopefully) going to encounter with its owners, while the 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tires are there to provide grip to the pickup in a wide variety of terrain.
With its added breadth of capabilities are aggressive looks to signify just that. It comes with an aggressive exterior and interior design to match. The wheel arches are also much more prominently flared in order to accommodate its wider wheels. Those aforementioned BFGoodrich tires also contribute to its higher ground clearance. Heavy-duty steel steps are there for added durability when going off-road, while the black bumpers protect the vehicle from dings and rock chips.
Inside, the new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor looks largely similar to the standard Ranger, but with the addition of numerous Code Orange highlights surrounding the aircon vents, the sporty bucket seats, and the steering. Speaking of the steering, mounted behind it are magnesium paddle shifters that let you shift manually along with overhead AUX switches that can be hooked up to whatever off-roading tools you wish to add to your Ranger Raptor.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor also comes with a full suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, adaptive matrix LED headlights, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few.
Pricing for the new Ranger Raptor has increased to P2,339,000, which may sound like a lot for a pickup, but do note that it’s still the only enthusiast pickup in its segment. To make the ownership experience even more pleasant, a five-year warranty is now part of the package as well. You can try out the new Ranger Raptor yourself starting tomorrow until Sunday (May 19-21, 2023) at the Ford Island Conquest at Arca South in Taguig.
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