Marcus De Guzman / Ford | January 30, 2018 10:45
Ford conducts extreme off-road tests for the Ranger Raptor
Ford is out to prove that the soon-to-be unleashed Ranger Raptor can take on anything Mother Nature throws at it. Recently, the Blue Oval brand posted an all-new video that showcases the Ranger Raptor's capability off the beaten path.
Posted by Ford Australia, the high performance Ranger can be seen braving dusty roads, wading through high waters, barreling across sand dunes, climbing up rocky terrain and trudging through the mud. With it, Ford claims that the Ranger Raptor has been tested 'to the extreme' and is ready for anything.
While the camo livery is still hiding key details of the Ranger Raptor, it's highly likely it will have the same look as the 2018 US-spec Ranger or the refreshed Thai-spec model that was seen several weeks ago. However, the all-new Raptor may also borrow some styling cues from its bigger brother, the F-150. Judging by the looks of it, the Ranger Raptor will come with flared wheel arches, an F-150-inspired front grill, a taller ride height, chunkier off-road tires and perhaps an uprated suspension.
Powertrain details also remain a mystery but it will apparently be equipped with Ford's new EcoBlue turbo-diesel engine. If this is true, we may see the Ranger Raptor have over 200 PS along with more than 400 Nm of torque from a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel mill.
In addition, the Ranger Raptor could also come with a rear multi-link suspension instead of traditional leaf springs. This is likely to provide the level of performance that is needed for a 'Raptor'.
The all-new Ford Ranger Raptor will make its world debut in Thailand come February and is also set to arrive in the Philippines.