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5 Things About The Ford Ranger Raptor

5 Things About The Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford has finally unveiled the Ranger Raptor, an extreme off-road model of its famous mid-size pickup truck. Despite being smaller than the F-150 Raptor, this upcoming model looks ready for the road and rugged at that. As a matter of fact, it might be able to handle trickier terrains than the original one given its slimmer design. Here are additional things you might be interested in about the Ranger Raptor.

The Ranger Had a Growth Spurt

As per the official pictures,The Ranger has become wider and taller given the Raptor treatment. If you would reference it to a double cab Ranger, the Raptor is over a foot wider, with a front and back track that’s gotten bigger by nearly 6 inches. It also has more than 11 inches of ground clearance, which is a lot higher than its predecessor.

It Gets a Complete Off-Road Package

Aside from being lifted and widened, it’s got tricks up its sleeve to make it off-road-ready. Upgrades such as new dampers from Fox Racing Shox, chunky BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, new rear coilovers, underbody protection, upgraded brakes, and fenders made out of a dent-resistant composite keep it in top shape. It also comes with an integrated tow bar and tow hooks, which comes in handy when you get stuck in sticky situations.

The Engine is a Twin-Turbodiesel

To be more specific, the new Ford Ranger Raptor has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 210 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Because it has a smaller turbo with a larger one, it lessens lag and improves the car’s performance. A 10-speed automatic transmission is where the wheels get its power, which it derives from this system.

There’s a Drive Mode for Every Occasion

The Ranger Raptor gets Ford’s Terrain Management System, which is quite similar to the F-150 Raptor. TMS comes with six different drive modes, four for off-roading and two for on-road use. Normal is the truck’s default mode, but in Sport mode, the transmission shifts faster, downshifts more aggressively, and holds onto gears longer. There’s a Grass/Gravel/Snow mode that begins in second gear and smooths out shifts to avoid spinning the tires when exposed to slippery surfaces. Mud/ Sand mode, on the other hand, sticks to lower gears in order to maximize torque, while Rock mode makes the throttle smoother for a more effective low-speed crawling. Lastly, there’s Baja mode, the high-speed off-road setting that lessens stability control and traction while allowing to shift gears easily.

This Isn’t the U.S. Version

Ford unveiled the US market Ranger during the Detroit Auto Show. Production will begin before the end of 2018, with the models being made available in early 2019. As such, Ford will probably offer different  interior features, powertrain combinations, options packages, and sheet metal to the US market.