It’s Official: Ford Announces the 2019 Ranger Raptor…For Asia Pacific
Like the F-150 Raptor, Only Smaller
This just happened. At an event in Bangkok, Thailand, today, February 7, 2018, Ford officially unveiled the first-ever Ranger Raptor.
The truck is designed to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. It was designed by Ford Performance for the “true enthusiast off-roader,” and Ford says it strengthens the company’s commitment to deliver “Built Ford Tough” pickup trucks to customers in Asia Pacific. It is based on the Thailand-built Ranger.
So let’s get right to the nitty-gritty by delving underneath the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor. The chassis is specific to this truck and is designed to travel at high speeds off-road and endure the associated punishment. It incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, which provides the Raptor DNA increased track and wheel travel. The chassis uses various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HLSA-grade steel to absorb high-speed impacts off-road. There are even reinforced spare tire mounting crossmembers for the larger 17-inch Raptor wheels.
The Raptor Ranger’s rear suspension uses a Watt’s link setup with a solid rear axle, which Ford says provides superior lateral control off-road while also helping improve ride and handling. Coilover rear springs are used in the rear. The Ranger Raptor’s race-bred suspension features Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers that provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for a class-leading plush ride during on-road trips. The internal bypass dampers are exclusively manufactured by Fox Racing Shox and have 46.6mm pistons. The front long-travel IFS includes forged-aluminum upper arms and cast-aluminum lower arms. When it comes time to rein in speed, the Raptor Ranger’s four-wheel disc brakes are designed to offer extreme stopping power and feature larger twin-piston front brake calipers with ventilated front rotors measuring 13.1x1.3 inches. The rear ventilated rotors measure 13.1x0.94 inches.
Compared to a standard Ranger, the Ranger Raptor has a stance that is noticeably bigger from every angle. It stands 73.7 inches tall, 85.8 inches wide, and 212.5 inches long, with wider front and rear tracks at 67.3 inches. Ground clearance is increased to 11.1 inches, the approach angle is 32.5 degrees, rampover angle is 24 degrees, and the departure angle is 24 degrees. Continuing on with exterior features, the step boards were designed specifically to prevent rock spray from hitting the rear of the truck and the holes have been designed to drain sand, mud and snow. It’s also important to note that the step boards were rigorously tested to simulate over 10 years of use in the field and they include a rugged two-stage coating process. A new grille and front bumper at the front of the Ranger Raptor are designed to offer durability and a unique look. The front bumper was designed to offer desert durability and also includes new LED lights and functional air-curtain ducts. The flared front fenders are made from composite materials, which among other things resist dents and dings often associated with off-road travel. Out back, the modified rear bumper comes with an integrated towbar and two recovery hooks rated at 8,377 pounds (there are also two towhooks up front and they’re rated at 9,920 pounds). Other tail-end features include flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors. There’s also a 61.4x68.6-inch tray that’s designed with the weekend explorer in mind. The Raptor Ranger has a towing capacity of over 5,500 pounds. A frame-mounted front-bumper system is designed to offer desert durability performance and a distinctive presence. The Ranger Raptor is available in Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, and Frozen White, as well as a unique Hero color for the Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents help to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.
The Ranger Raptor rolls on vehicle-specific BFGoodrich all-terrain 285/70R17 tires. The underbody is protected by a “bash plate” made from high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength in line with Ford Performance requirements. This protection works with the Ranger’s existing engine and transfer case skidplates to provide protection to components such as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump, and front differential.
Right about now you’re probably wondering what engine Ford chose to power the Ranger Raptor. And the answer to that question is a new 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine that makes 210 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine was chosen to offer more power and torque, better fuel economy, and less weight—and it has off-road–specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes, and the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Power runs through a Ford–designed-and-built 10-speed transmission that is shared with the F-150 Raptor.
Will the upcoming U.S.-built Ranger get a Raptor version? Time will tell.