The Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the most eagerly-anticipated launches in the pickup world, and the American company said the battle-hardened model will be unveiled in Bangkok, Thailand on the 8th of February 2018.
Primed for action
Ford has added quite a lot of kit to achieve the more macho and aggressive look. The Raptor is instantly recognisable with its Raptor grille, widened wheelarches and fender flares and BF Goodrich AT tyres – which raises the chassis to give around 254mm of ground clearance.
The standard bumpers have been replaced by specialist off-road versions for better approach and departure angles with integrated skid plates. The leaf springs will also go, to be replaced by independent coil-springs which helps the wheels maintain contact with the ground on uneven surfaces.
There are number of styling cues, like ‘Raptor’ embossed on the body, standard LED lights and a distinctive black tailgate.
Ford Ranger Raptor engine
The biggest disappointment regarding the new model is that only the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder, EcoBlue diesel has been confirmed, which is a replacement for the current 2.2-litre Duratorq. However, the upcoming 3.0-litre V6 Power Stroke (successor to the fuel-guzzling 3.2-litre five-pot) is also likely to feature, with a rumoured peak output of 250hp and 595Nm.
Ford has teamed up with rival General Motors to develop a super-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, which we tested in the Ford F150 in 2017.
Price and availability
The Ford Ranger Raptor has yet to be confirmed for the UK but, if it does go on sale, it’s expected to be priced around £40,000 plus VAT. Ford in Australian and American dealers, where it has been confirmed to go on sale, are anticipating that the first deliveries will take place in either late 2018 or early 2019.
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