Following the recent introduction of the thoroughly-revised Ford Ranger in South Africa, the high-performance Ranger Raptor is being unleashed on local soil this week. See specification and pricing details below…
The Ford Ranger is one of South Africa’s most popular bakkies and in terms of sales, it trades blows with the formidable Toyota Hilux. Although both models sell strongly month-to-month, Ford is currently on a double-cab bakkie offensive and recently welcomed an updated Ranger to market that should boost sales and further entrench the Ranger in the hearts and minds of local bakkie buyers. The latest Ranger should also attract new clientele and may even convert some hardened Hilux fanatics too.
However, Ford has another trump card up its sleeve and it’s called the Ranger Raptor! You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it and we hope you have watched Ciro De Siena setting the Ranger Raptor loose in the Australian Outback. Now, the new Ranger Raptor has arrived in South Africa!
Ford has invested nearly R3-billion in its Silverton plant to produce the Ranger Raptor. It’s squarely aimed at customers looking for notable offroad performance and muscular, macho styling that’s sure to strike fear into every Hilux on the road.
The Raptor’s body is noticeably wider than a standard Ranger (168 mm wider in fact) and with the tracks some 150 mm wider, it stands 50mm taller, which adds to its road presence.
The Ranger Raptor features a long-travel suspension with Fox-developed dampers that are designed to take a beating offroad while fat and chunky 17-inch wheels shod with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres give the Raptor a purposeful look.
Engine and interior features
The Ranger Raptor's increased width improves stability but it also improves its visual appeal.
A new 2.0-litre bi-turbodiesel engine with 157 kW and 500 Nm does service under the bonnet of the Ranger Raptor and it comes mated with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, both of which are now also available for the standard Ranger.
Many people question the performance of this smaller powerplant but we recently tested this engine and transmission combination on the latest Ranger Wildtrak and not only does it offer sufficient grunt, but the transmission is very responsive. It’s also more refined and efficient than the larger 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine which is still offered on the Ranger.
The Raptor’s Terrain Management System (TMS) offers various settings including Baja mode, which allows you to experience the full capability of the Raptor.
The interior features Raptor-specific details such as the sportier seats, steering wheel and floor mats.
In terms of features, the Ranger Raptor’s interior will also have a few sporty details including the obligatory Raptor logos, Raptor sports seats wrapped in leather and a sports steering wheel with paddle-shifters. A comprehensive SYNC3 infotainment system will keep driver and passengers connected and entertained and features include integrated navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In terms of safety, the Ranger Raptor is equipped with 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control with traction control, hill start assist, hill descent control, adaptive load control, trailer sway control and rollover mitigation.
Look out for our launch review for the new Ford Ranger Raptor this week!
Ford Ranger Raptor Price in South Africa
Ford Ranger Raptor - R786 400
The vehicle comes standard with a 4-year /120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty, 3 years of roadside assistance, 6-year/90 000 km service plan with intervals every 15 000 km.