The Ford Ranger Raptor sets hearts pumping around the world when pictures were finally released earlier this year from the launch in Bangkok, however Ford of Britain was initially hesitant when asked if it was coming to the UK. However, Professional Pickup & 4×4 magazine can finally confirm that the Raptor – which has been developed by Ford Australia and based on the 2019-updated Ranger – will be available to order from UK dealerships from next year.
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The standard bumpers have been replaced by specialist off-road versions for better approach and departure angles. 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. There are also side steps which double as skid plates made from a tough aluminium alloy and Ford has stiffened the chassis and upgraded the brakes to all-round ventilated discs.
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. This engine produces 210bhp and 500Nm, which propels the Raptor to 62mph in 10.5 seconds.
Ford has teamed up with rival General Motors to develop a super-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, which has six settings; two for on-road and four for off-road applications.
Ford Ranger Raptor price and availability
The Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to be priced around £40,000 plus VAT and will be arriving into UK dealerships in the summer of 2019. The Raptor will be backed by Ford’s 3-year, 60,000 mile warranty.
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