Ford has just unveiled the toughest, highest performing version of Europe’s best-selling pick up, the Ford Ranger Raptor, for the European market. The ultimate Ranger pick up truck will go on sale in Europe in mid-2019.
Powered by a 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel, the Ranger Raptor packs 213 hp and 500 Nm of twist sending power to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Ranger Raptor also comes with a new Terrain Management System (TMS) that offers six driving modes – Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja – the latter named after the famous Baja Dessert Rally gives the driver maximum high-speed off-road performance.
Compared to a standard Ranger, the Ranger Raptor is wider by 320 mm and has an approach angle of 32.5 degrees, ramp over angle of 24 degrees and departure angle of 24 degrees to give it maximum off-road drivability.
The cabin of the ranger Raptor gets a sportier touch with magnesium paddle shifters, aggressive instrument cluster, red centre market and body-hugging seats. No much was revealed about European-bound Ranger Raptor, but the pick up truck made its global debut with Ford’s latest advanced Driver Assist Technologies (DATs), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).
Ford Performance Director, Europe, Leo Roeks said: “Forget everything you think you know about pick-ups. Our new Ranger Raptor is a different breed – a thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader that can toil with the best of them in the harshest of working conditions.”