Australians can get hold of the brand new Next Year Raptor this season, nowhere Oblong lately announced. It won’t sacrifice quality, however – and when you thought the performance off-road pick-up’s circa-RM200,000 cost tag in Thailand was exorbitant enough, wait until you hear just how much it is Lower Under.
Are you currently sitting lower? Good, since the Raptor will retail at AU$74,990 (RM222,600) – nearly double exactly what a standard Ranger 2.2 XLT costs right here. CarAdvice noticed that the Raptor is AU$13,200 (RM39,100) more costly compared to range-topping 3.2 Wildtrak and AU$6,500 (RM19,300) greater than the present most costly pick-in Australia, the turbodiesel V6-powered Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate.
That can be a might appear like lots of money for any “lowly” pick-up truck, it’s important to note the Raptor is really a high-performance offering designed particularly for top-speed off-road running, and it is hence an entire other type of animal when compared with other choices available on the market. Beneath the blistered rammed-its-way-through-Brother’s bodywork lies a raft of heavy-duty upgrades designed to help make the Raptor an even more rugged machine.
The alterations start with a distinctive chassis, reinforced rich in-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel and including wider front and back tracks, greater approach and departure angles as well as an elevated water wading depth of 850 mm. There’s additionally a coil-sprung rear suspension having a Watt’s linkage to manage body movements.
Then there’s the signature Raptor party piece – Fox Racing Shox dampers much like around the F-150 Raptor, with Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) offering high damping forces for sounding-road at full pelt, minimizing forces within the mid-travel zone for additional comfortable tarmac driving. Also fitted are 17-inch black six-spoke alloy wheels covered with 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres, in addition to uprated brakes.
All of this hardcore hardware necessitates the right engine to choose it, and also to that finish Ford has fitted a brand new 2. litre consecutive twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine in the Panther family – replacing the lengthy-serving Puma line. It punches out 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, routed via a Getrag 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission having a wider ratio span that improves acceleration and responsiveness.
As always, there’s a component-time four-wheel drive system with everywhere range, in addition to a locking rear differential. Ford’s Terrain Management System (TMS) adjusts the engine and drivetrain to match whatever terrain you’re on, by having an extra mode, Baja, being only at the Raptor.
Around the outdoors, the Ranger Raptor continues to be beefed up, most abundant in significant change to be the Ford block letter grille that was already seen on plenty a Ranger right here. There’s also durable composite fender flares to accommodate the broader tyres, plus a sturdy frame-mounted front bumper, a steel party plate, front and back skid plates, alloy side steps, a built-in rear tow bar and tow hooks with a rating of 3.8 tonnes.
Inside, you will find part-leather sports seats with blue stitching and embroidered Raptor logos, a sportier controls with magnesium paddle shifters along with a unique instrument cluster. Around Australia, features include xenon headlights with Brought daytime running lights, keyless entry, push-button start, an electrical tailgate lock and also the SYNC 3 infotainment system by having an 8.-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.