New design, bigger engine, bigger screen, bigger everything
Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia, today announced that the wait is nearly over for the next-generation Ranger Raptor.
The highly-anticipated performance pickup will be officially launched on 7 October 2022 at Baja track on the fringe of the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
Based on the next generation Ranger unveiled late last year, the all-new Ranger Raptor is expected to be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 engine. Hurrah!
The petrol V6 will produce 284bhp and 490 Nm of torque. It’ll shout about it too, with a new active exhaust that gets Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja modes.
Ford hasn’t released any acceleration or top speed figures just yet, but the Raptor’s programme supervisor Justin Capicchiano did let slip that it’d be “hot hatch-fast on dirt”. Mega. The 10-speed auto gearbox remains.
Developed by Ford Performance in Australia, the new Ranger Raptor will get re-engineered suspension to cope with the extra power.
There’s more travel and FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve dampers, plus underbody protection that’s almost double the size of the standard Ranger’s and made from 2.3mm-thick steel.
The chassis has also been beefed up and there’s now seven different drive modes, plus a new full-time four-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case and front and rear locking diffs.
Oh, and the engine gets a new anti-lag system that keeps the turbos spinning for up to three seconds after you back off the throttle.
With FORD lettering across the giant grille, bigger arches to cope with the wider track and the C-clamp daytime running lights that appear on the standard Ranger. Those wheels are bespoke 17-inch Raptor units.
Inside, there are new “jet fighter-inspired” sports seats and plenty of orange accents, as well as magnesium paddle shifters and that giant 12-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash. The Raptor also gets a 12.4-inch digital instrument display.