BRAND NEW FORD RANGER RAPTOR UNVEILED

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Ford has finally revealed the much-anticipated Ranger Raptor, a monster bakkie that is set to begin production in Mzansi in 2019. The company calls it a “performance pick-up truck”, which in Mzansi speak, is performance bakkie. That’s because, as you can see, it looks different from the normal production Rangers. Plus it packs a powerful new engine not found in any other model.

But first we have to mention that whilst the Raptor looks razor sharp, with the slicing skills of a ninja, aftermarket tuners have been dressing up customer Rangers for years now. Many of which actually look even meaner and wilder than this official model. But of course those modifications are not supported by the manufacturer itself, should anything go wrong.

The vehicle’s appearance is aided by a few highlights, such as the new front grille with the FORD embossed logo, similar to the American F-150 Raptor’s. It has new LED headlights and fog lights, new bumper, a high-strength aluminium alloy die-cast main step board, flared wheel arches for the 17-inch wheels with all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres, tow bar and RAPTOR lettering at the back. The load box is quite large and deep, measuring some 1560mm x 1743mm, while the Raptor itself has a 2 500kg towing capacity.

Being an off-road vehicle as well means it has to carry a lot of extra kit for appropriate journeys. Some of that includes the new Terrain Management System (TMS) with six driving modes; Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja. Each is best-suited for particular terrain and driving conditions. Baja sounds most intriguing as it is formulated for fast off-road driving.

 

Pulling all this together, as previously mentioned, is a new 2.0-litre biturbo diesel motor worth 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque, making it one of the most powerful bakkies on the market today. Let’s hear the 2.0-litre jokes now… It is run by a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Yes, you read correctly – ten speeds. While not new in its native US market, it certain would be a first for Ford SA and the whole of Mzansi too. There was no performance data supplied, but we believe it will be able to achieve a 0 – 100km/h time of around 9 seconds.

The interior stands out with seats covered in “technical suede”, blue stitching, SYNC 3 infotainment with satellite navigation, a 20.3cm colour screen, and a multifunction steering wheel with a 12 o’clock indicator, blue stitching and perforation in certain parts.

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