Ford has launched its new Ranger Raptor in South Africa.
The bakkie is equipped with Ford’s new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine that delivers a maximum of 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
The engine offers both high performance and efficiency, thanks to its combination of a small high-pressure turbo and a large low-pressure turbo that work to provide optimal performance throughout the engine speed range, Ford said.
Externally the Ranger Raptor boasts a 51 mm taller ride height, 283 mm ground clearance, 150mm wider front and rear track and 850 mm wading depth.
The front fenders are made from durable composite materials for off-roading, while the bumper includes LED fog lamps with air-curtain ducts, which reduce air resistance.
Ford said that the flared shape of the fenders has been designed to accommodate the long-travel suspension and BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres that were specifically developed for the Ranger Raptor.
Ford said that the Ranger Raptor’s sports seats are uniquely designed and trimmed in technical suede for maximum grip, providing optimum support during high-performance off-road driving.
The steering wheel features perforated leather hand grip sections, paired with lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for quick gear changes.
Ford said that the Ranger Raptor is also loaded with safety and convenience features that make it suitable for both on and off-road driving.
These features include:
- Ford’s standard Sync 3 with navigation system offers a unique “breadcrumb” feature to leave a trail in uncharted areas;
- Ford Stability Control (FSC), which incorporates Roll Stability Control (RSC) that was specifically developed for Ford’s sport utility vehicle (SUV) range;
- Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX for this model;
- A Terrain Management System (TMS) which includes a Baja mode – inspired by Mexico’s famous Baja Desert Rally – which enables ultra-responsive, high-speed off-road performance.
Pricing starts at R786,400 and comes standard with Ford Protect – comprising a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.
A six-year/90,000km service plan is included, with 15,000km service intervals.
In South Africa the Ranger Raptor will be available in Ford Performance Blue, Colorado Red, Absolute Black, Frozen White and Conquer Grey colours with contrasting Dyno Grey accents.