Back in January, Ford was hinting at a Ranger comeback in the US, after it was not available on this territory for approximately five years. Some time after the announcement was made, teasers of a better Ranger version began to emerge. Therefore, today, we are witnessing the launch of the Ford Ranger Raptor, a true rival of the Ranger as we know it.
Equipped with Fox Racing Shox dampers and a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine, the Ranger Raptor comes with impressive improvements, being made of more resistant materials. The new Ranger has a frame that is built in resistant steel, it has a height of 283 mm, a ramp angle of 32.5 degrees, due to its large tires, and a departure angle of 24 degrees, being geometrically built to climb large obstacles. It is also fitted with a Terrain Management System that is able to guide the truck in any kind of environment and weather conditions, and which includes the famous Baja mode, designed for high-speed desert driving.
The biggest most important update brought by Ford to the Ranger Raptor is the 2.0 liter bi-turbo diesel engine, with 10-Speed Paddle-Shift Auto transmission and 210 horsepower. Even if this type of engine is no match for the familiar F-150 Raptor, which has a 3.5 V6 gas twin turbo engine and 450 horsepower, it is possible that Ford will make some engine adjustments before launching the Ranger Raptor on the US market.
At the moment, Ford hasn’t released any information regarding other important features of the Ranger Raptor, such as curb weight, price and whether or not it will be available for purchase in the US. For now, the truck has been advertised at international level, reason for which most of the images available of the Ranger display the steering wheel on the right side. However, the Ranger Raptor has only recently been announced, leaving plenty of time for other updates to be provided.