Ford has just unveiled a new generation of Ranger Raptor developed by Ford Performance as a flagship version of the mid-size pickup that offers the best mix of performance and off-road capability.
The new Ranger makes the third addition to the current Raptor family after the larger F-150 Raptor and Bronco Raptor. Today, we take a look at the European and Australian spec models, but the North American version has been confirmed as part of the Ranger 2023 family that will be unveiled next year.
A Stronger Raptor Appearance
Starting with the design, most will see the Raptor as either an upgraded Ranger straight out of the gym or a more sophisticated interpretation of its bigger sibling, the F-150 Raptor. The widened front and rear wheel arches cover a wider track and the new 17-inch wheels are wrapped in 32-inch all-terrain tires while the ground clearance has been increased.
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It also gets a custom bumper with skid plates, aluminum side steps, signature grille with Ford lettering, hood scoop, and Raptor sticker. Underbody protection has been enhanced with a larger front bash plate made of 2.3-inch thick high-strength steel, plus extra protection for the engine and transfer case. Lastly, double-rated tow hooks at both ends will aid recovery in the event of a possible jam.
Inside, Ford added a pair of jet fighter-inspired sports seats that offer more support. Other unique touches include red stitching, a heated premium leather steering wheel with magnesium paddles, and ambient lighting. You’ll also find standard equipment features such as matrix LED headlights, a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, a large 12-inch touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC4 infotainment, and a 10-speaker B&O sound system.
New 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 With 284-HP In Europe, 394-HP In Australia
While the Raptor will still be available with its predecessor’s 2.0-liter bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine in select markets, including Europe from next year, the highlight of the second generation is the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 petrol engine on offer. significantly improved performance.
In European specs, the V6 produces – rather modestly for displacement – 284 hp (212 kW / 288 PS) and 491 Nm (362 lb-ft) of torque, but is tuned to produce as much as 392 hp (292 kW / 397 PS) and 583 Nm of torque. (430 ft-lb) in Australia.
We asked Ford about the significant difference in power output between Europe and Australia and they told us it had to do with the market-specific tuning of emissions. “Like other OEMs, we homologate to meet strict EU emission standards,” a Ford spokesperson told Carscoops. “The new Ranger Raptor with the V6 EcoBoost petrol engine performs about 30% better than the current diesel.”
Speaking of performance, the company didn’t give specific figures but Dave Burn, chief program engineer promised that the new engine brings “a different dynamic to the Ranger Raptor that will satisfy even the more hardcore performance fans”. Justin Cappichiano, the Raptor program supervisor, revealed that the new Raptor was a full minute faster than its predecessor on the 10 km (6.2 mi) test track in Australia, describing it as a “hot hatch fast”.
Off-Road Focused Modification
As in the previous Ranger Raptor, power is transmitted to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The permanent four-wheel drive system features a two-speed transfer case, front and rear electronic diff-locks, and the option to switch to rear-wheel drive. The driver can choose between seven driving modes – Normal, Sport, Slippery, Rock Crawl, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Baja (ideal for high-speed off-road action), changing many different parameters.
Additionally, the Raptor comes with an active valve dual-pipe exhaust system that can be set to Silent (for morning starts), Normal (daily use), Sport (louder), and Baja (straight-through style intended for off-road use. just). Lastly, the Trail Control system that debuted in the previous-generation F-150 Raptor is on par with adaptive cruise control for off-roading. The driver sets the speed below 20 mph (32 km/h) and lets the vehicle control acceleration and braking while concentrating on steering.
Ford engineers strengthened the Ranger chassis making it stronger and more durable for the Raptor. The heavy-duty suspension consists of new upper and lower control arms made of aluminum, a new set of 2.5-inch FOX Live Valve shock absorbers tuned by Ford Performance that offer a 50% reduction in friction compared to the previous model, and improved Watt link geometry for parts. behind. Suspension travel has been increased to 290 mm (11.4 inches) up front and 250 mm (9.8 inches) at the rear.
When will it go on sale?
The second-generation Ford Ranger Raptor will reach European dealers in late summer 2022. This means it will be the first variant of the new Ranger to be available in Europe, with the lower-end Wildtrak following in the spring of 2023. The diesel variant of the Ranger Raptor will arrive in 2017. 2023, but will only be available in select markets. Ford didn’t reveal pricing, but it’s safe to assume that the new Raptor V6 will likely cost more than its diesel-only predecessor.
As for the North American model, Ford CEO Jim Farley revealed on Twitter that the Raptor will be introduced alongside the new Ranger in 2023.