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Performance off-roader: Meet Ford’s new AWD veloci-Raptor

  • ‘New benchmark for the bakkie segment’
  • More ground clearance, wider track
  • High-performance two-litre Bi-Turbo engine
2019 FOR RANGER RAPTOR: Power, speed, off-road rugged but high-tech. Image: Ford SA

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – An all-new Ford, the Ranger Raptor double-cab bakkie, has reached showrooms nationally ”with Ford Performance DNA at its core”.

The automaker describes it as ”an entirely new breed of exceptionally capable off-roader that pushes technology, innovation and driving excitement”.

Doreen Mashinini, marketing manager for Ford SA, said: “We’re excited and proud to unleash the Ford Performance version of this Ranger, a power bakkie being assembled by Ford SA at it plant in Pretoria.

2019 FOR RANGER RAPTOR: Power, speed, off-road rugged but high-tech. Image: Ford SA

“The Raptor,” she says, ”will attract a different customer into our showrooms with bold and assertive styling and great off-road ability that rewrites the rules for the 4×4 bakkie segment.”

HIGHER RIDE

The truck is said to offer both on- and off-tar performance along with ”imposing dimensions and extreme styling”.

The Raptor has a ride height five cm more than the standard bakkie at 20.3cm, track at each axle is 15cm wider and the vehicle has a 51mm taller ride height. Wading depth is 85cm.

Approach and departure angles are 32.5 and 24 degrees, colour choices are blue, red, black, white or grey. The grille and design are described as ”aggressive” – a word The Corner abhors when talking about vehicles – we already have plenty of aggression on SA’s roads, Ford – get your copywriters to find another description…

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The flared shape of the front wings have been designed to accommodate a long-travel suspension and BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres developed for the Ranger Raptor.

2019 FOR RANGER RAPTOR: Power, speed, off-road rugged but high-tech. Image: Ford SA

The ”sport” seats have mock-suede upholstery and what Ford calls ”optimum support during high-performance off-road driving”. Leather accents and Ford Blue stitching are in the package along with red-needled instruments.

TWO-LITRE BI-TURBO

The steering-wheel is wrapped in perforated leather (de rigueur red band for straight-ahead steering position included).

Motive power comes from a two-litre bi-turbo diesel engine capable of 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque, the ”bi-turbo” bit involving a small water-cooled high-pressure and a large low-pressure turbo.

The package spins a 10-speed auto transmission – the target here being better acceleration and response in all driving conditions along with minimising fuel consumption.

FOR WHEN IN TROUBLE…

The Raptor’s chassis has been amended ”for high speed and endurance in the toughest driving conditions to withstand high-impact off-road encounters”.

There’s a ”heavy-duty” towball bar, the truck rated to haul 2500kg. Up front are two ”sturdy” recovery hooks and a 2.3mm steel impact plate. Other components shield the radiator, power-steering, front cross member, sump and front differential.

2019 FOR RANGER RAPTOR: Power, speed, off-road rugged but high-tech. Image: Ford SA

Electronic steering assistance will adjust to meet the chosen drive mode selected, developed for the Ford Everest 4×4: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, and Rock Crawl.

The Raptor’s shock-absorbers are model-specific for fast or/and heavy-duty off-roading and the BF Goodrich 285/70 17” all-terrain tyres have a toughened sidewall and tread that, Ford says, will handle wet tar, mud, sand and snow travel.

The Raptor is equipped with Ford’s SYNC3 with said to be ”unique”satnav that leaves a ”breadcrumb” feature (like Hansel and Gretel and the witch) to leave a trail in uncharted areas (hope the local birds are not hungry!).

2019 FOR RANGER RAPTOR: Power, speed, off-road rugged but high-tech. Image: Ford SA

Damien Ross, the Raptor’s chief programnme engineer, says in the media release: ”The standout experience of the Raptor is how far you can push it off-road if compared with any other standard production road vehicle while still having amazing ride comfort on-road.

“Everything about the Raptor builds on the already outstandingly sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger but goes further. It really is an exceptionally special vehicle designed to flatter the novice and reward the expert.”

…AND SO TO THE PRICE

2019 FOR RANGER RAPTOR: Power, speed, off-road rugged but high-tech. Image: Ford SA

Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0 BiT 10a/t 4×4 – R786 400

Every Rangers is delivered with a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-years/unlimited distance roadside assistance, and a five-year/unlimited distance no-rust-through corrosion warranty.

A six-year or 90 000km service plan is included. Service intervals 15 000km.

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