The wait is over, and the Ford Ranger Raptor is finally in the Philippines. Ever since the introduction of the new-gen Ranger, fans of the “performance” pickup truck were asking where the Raptor is, and if it will even be brought in. After rumors and a long time of waiting, and the brand’s recent announcement, Ford has finally unveiled the beast in the PH market.
Ford Ranger Raptor breaks cover and looks well worth the wait
We must say that this generation of the Ranger Raptor does not look as aggressive as its predecessor, but it does look beefier than its non-Raptor stablemates. Outside you’ll see the familiar fender flares, a silver skid plate, and the massive F O R D name at the center of the big honeycomb blacked-out grill.
The 17″ wheels of the Raptor are also blacked-out, keeping up with the “trademark” look of the past model, and are wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain tires.
Inside you’ll find some additions that make the Raptor unique, such as the Code Orange accents on the air conditioning vents, shifter and shifter boot stitching, steering wheel stitching, and the upholstery as well. Upholstery being mentioned, the material of choice is black leather and the word “Raptor” can also be found just below the front headrest, and on the lower center accent piece on the steering wheel.
The gauge cluster is a 12.4-inch digital LCD unit and comes with customizable displays. There’s also the massive infotainment screen front and center of the dashboard, and it comes with Ford’s SYNC 4A and serves as the display for the 360 Camera with Split-View, as well as for the Off-Road Sync Screen that shows you all the Raptor’s functions and status when on the beaten path.
As expected, powering the PH-spec Ranger Raptor is a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the 3.0-liter Twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that other markets have, this puts out 210 HP and 500 Nm of torque. It also comes with Magnesium paddle shifters, so that’s an added bonus.
The familiar Fox shocks are still a staple in the Ranger Raptor, and the 2.5-inch units have position-sensitive dampening that makes for higher damping forces off-road, and lower damping when on the streets. There are also 7 different Drive Modes, namely Normal, Sport, Slippery, Rock Crawl, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Baja.
The Ford Ranger Raptor is priced at PHP 2,339,000 and also comes with Ford‘s five-year warranty.
We may have gotten a smaller engine, but the fans who’ve waited this long still have a lot of things to like, for sure. Do you think this will give the likes of the Hilux Conquest or Navara PRO-4X a challenge? Let us know what you think in the comments.