Ford Ranger Raptor revealed… and it's a four-cylinder diesel

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Makes Brief Online Debut Looking Mean and Sexy

As it stands, the Raptor uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel generating 210 hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

That power equates to 157kW, with torque dropping in at 500Nm. There are also wheel-mounted paddles for manual control, should the mood take you. Ford had previously announced plans to launch the performance Ranger Raptor in 2019 in South Africa.

The front bumper also includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, which help to reduce air resistance of the body.

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor

The blistered guards are necessary for the long-travel suspension and oversized tyres. It has a modified rear bumper with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 4.5 tonnes. Towing capacity is limited to 2500 kilograms, down 1000kg on the Wildtrak. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle's look even further.

The seats are specially designed for off-road high speed performance support, allowing the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort. It incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, which provides the Raptor DNA increased track and wheel travel.

Ford Performance has exerted its influence, too, with the red "on-centre" marker at 12 o'clock on the steering wheel - which is finished with the Raptor logo in the spoke bezel. The new coil rear suspension utilises a Watts link setup combined with solid rear axle. High-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel is used for both the frame and side rails, while BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 all-terrain tires will keep the truck firmly planted on terra firma. To ensure optimum performance in any conditions, drivers have six different modes - two for on-road use, and four for off-road driving. Out of the suburbs there are Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, Mud/Sand mode, Rock mode and what they call Baja mode. This means fast, crisp gear shifts at higher engine speeds to aid throttle response.

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Baja mode - Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for high-speed off-road performance, just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally. The transmission equipped is the ten-speed automatic that should make the most of the available grunt.

The company would not comment on whether a Raptor version of the new truck would be introduced in the United States.

Speaking in Thailand today, Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance said, "We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero". Officially unveiled in Thailand the Raptor is the most capable Ranger model thanks to the standard front and rear Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers, the increased ride height (283 mm), wider track, as well as the improved approach and departure angles (32.5° and 24°, respectively).

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"It is awesome to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush", he added. While the Ranger Raptor is wider overall, it doesn't seem like the bed's interior dimensions have been increased.

Ford's local division has confirmed with CarAdvice the Ranger Raptor is scheduled to arrive Down Under "late" in the second half of this year.

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