The Ranger Raptor by American truck maker Ford is the brand's entry to the pickup truck segment in the Philippines. This truck is fit for those who think the standard Ranger does not have enough presence. It comes with black composite material fenders and a frame-mounted bumper, while the grille features an enlarge Ford typography that is different from the standard model.
For quite some time, the pickup truck was being teased in the Philippine market. Ford Philippines promised that the Ranger would have a more powerful option as Ford thought the standard Range is too plain for the local market. As such, the Blue Oval company decided to improve the model's power figures and volume and provide beefier bodywork and tires, hence the Raptor.
The American automaker provided several color options for the Ford Ranger Raptor. These colors include Shadow Black, Race Red, Frozen White, Conquer Grey, and Lightning Blue. As for the engine, the truck is only available with a 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine that is partnered with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The launch of the first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor happened in February 2018 in Thailand. The model is the smaller version of Ford's off-road performance vehicle – the Ford F-150 Raptor – that is available in markets where the Ford Ranger is offered. And on Sept 21, 2018, Ford Philippines introduced the beefier and sturdier version of the pickup truck in the local market, offering only one strong variant.
Initially, the Ranger Raptor used to be the most expensive pickup truck in Ford's Philippine lineup. But in 2020, the Blue Oval company decided to launch the larger Ford F-150 in the country. With this move, the enhanced midsize pickup truck now sits in between the standard Ranger and the F-150. The one and only variant is offered by the American car brand for Filipino car buyers at Php 1,998,000.
One of the most noticeable exterior features of the Ford Ranger Raptor is its screaming brand name at the front end. Other features that separate it from its standard models include several upgrades and body kits that make it a real off-road machine. The enhanced midsize pickup also gets exclusive front and rear bumpers that come with diffusers and skid plates. Those features were combines with the vehicle’s 24º break-over angle, 32.5º approach angle, and 24º departure angle.
A Ford Ranger in steroids
With a ground clearance of 283 mm, the pickup truck exudes a tall and authoritative posture on the road. Aside from that, this off-road machine also comes with HID headlamps, LED fog lamps, and daytime running lights that greatly complement the vehicle's machismo design.
In terms of interior layout and build, Ford Ranger Raptor does not have much difference from its Ranger siblings. High-quality materials dominate the cabin. That includes soft-touch and a few hard plastics, along with plush leather. It is also complemented with a leather-wrapped with contrast stitching with thumb swells and on-center markers. Ford Philippines made sure that the truck’s cabin is airy and premium.
Interior view of the enhanced model
To further elevate the interior, the midsize pickup truck is upholstered with leather seating material with Raptor Accent just to distinguish it against the standard model. The front passengers get to benefit from 8-way power adjust seats, while the rear passengers come with bench seats with a center armrest and fold-up function.
Technology & Safety Features
Ford Ranger Raptor has a long list of tech and safety features. These include an automatic headlight, power-adjustable seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, speed-sensing door locks, keyless entry, and push-start ignition. It also features 8-inch touchscreen infotainment that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This system is also integrated with the brand’s renowned SYNC 3 Voice Connectivity System.
A more premium option than the standard Ranger
In terms of safety, the enhanced pickup truck is equipped with seven airbags, electronic stability control with traction control, hill-start assist, hill descent control, roll-over mitigation, speed limiter, lane-keeping aid, seatbelt reminders, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Platform & Chassis
Ford Ranger Raptor shares the same Ford’s T6 platform with the Ford Ranger and Ford Everest. This off-road machine is also a body-on-frame pickup truck and is only available in a four-door double cab body configuration. The excellent ride and handling were made possible by the race-bed suspension system consists of 2.5-inch Fox Racing Shocks. It provides 30 percent more wheel travel than the standard model.
Equipped to conquer any road ahead
The high-strength steel measuring 2.3 mm played a significant role in making the enhanced midsize pickup truck a real riding beast that can absorb impact from different off-road events, while its suspension setup is composed of independent SLA at the front and multi-link solid axle with Watt’s linkage at the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
Under the hood of the Ford Ranger Raptor lies a 2.0L Biturbo EcoBlue diesel engine that pumps out 210 horsepower and 500 Newton-meter of torque. This optimized engine has a fuel management system referred to as turbocharged direct common rail diesel injection, which helps it to provide a fuel economy of 12 kilometers per liter and CO2 emission of 212 grams per kilometer.
Arguably the most aggressive-looking truck in the country
The power is delivered to the four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission that provides improved acceleration and quicker gear changes. Moreover, this off-road machine is also equipped with Terrain Management System that provides drivers with six pre-set driving modes: Normal, Weather, Sport, Baja, Mud/Sand, and Rock Crawl.