Ford Announces the 2019 Ranger Raptor…For Asia Pacific

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"It is incredible to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush", says Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer.

The new Ford Ranger Raptor will be a trim for the USA market Ranger starting in the 2021 model year and available for purchase by the end of 2020. However, Ford has an even "hotter" variant that is incoming: the Ranger Raptor.

From the outside, you can't fail to notice the new grille, extra ground clearance and LED fog lamps in the front bumper.

As the vehicle is meant to go a very long way off the beaten track, the front bumpers are made of composite materials that are better able to withstand the expected dents and dings. It's 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long. There are a pair of tow hooks and a bash plate just underneath the nose.

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Providing an abundance of space, the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2,500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs during the week. "Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance".

If you still need a clue as to how hot the mid-size pick-up truck market is right now, just take a gander over towards the direction of Stuttgart - even Mercedes-Benz is in on the game, having launched the brand's first ever official pick-up truck a year ago in the form of the new X-Class destined for markets such as Australia, South America, and Africa. The steering wheel also bears an on-centre marker "to let you know where the centre is when operating the vehicle at high speed".

The Raptor has Ford's "SYNC 3" media system and its 8.0-inch colour screen also doubles as the rear view camera display. For that, stay with us on more news regarding the Ranger Raptor as it's released. While the Ranger Raptor is wider overall, it doesn't seem like the bed's interior dimensions have been increased. "The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HSLA grade steel to absorb off-road high speed impacts", Ford said.

"If those specs don't read all that exciting to you, Ford specifically confirmed the Raptor Ranger was designed to" travel at high speeds off road".

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"Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further".

The Ranger Raptor rolls on vehicle-specific BFGoodrich all-terrain 285/70R17 tires. "The Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers (dampers) provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for a class leading plush ride during on-road trips", Ford said. And we like what we see: the truck has a strengthened frame, Fox Racing Shox dampers, and a Watt's linkage rear suspension with coilover springs that improve stability when ripping through the desert.

The Raptor also gets beefier rubber - All-Terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres, measuring 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width - and disc brakes.

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