Beefy Ford Ranger "Raptor" Lariat FX4 displayed at SEMA 2019

Updated Mar 22, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Check out this Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 displayed at the 2019 SEMA Show. They managed to make it look and perform like the Ranger Raptor.

1. The Americans didn't get the Ranger Raptor, so they try and build their own

While truck fans in the Philippines and other markets in the world have been enjoying the Ford Ranger for a while now, Americans are only beginning to see what the hype is about, having only gotten the truck back in 2018 for the 2019 model year. This is particularly ironic because the Ranger traces its origins to several trim levels in the Ford F-Series truck and the Ford Bronco. A truck bearing the Ranger nameplat had replaced the Ford Courier back in 1983.

At present, the US-market Ranger is a comfortable yet powerful and very practical vehicle. But the caveat here is that Yanks will not likely be getting the brilliant Ford Ranger Raptor, as they already have the Ford F-150 Raptor, and the Ranger’s North American fans are not happy as a result.

American-spec variant line-up of the Ford Ranger

The USDM Ford Ranger only has three variants to choose from 

2. Ford Ranger “Raptor” Lariat FX4: On display at SEMA 2019

Although Americans are generally all about size, there are some who are hankering for a smaller and nimbler Ranger. PaxPower, a Texas-based truck tuner, has decided to take matters into their own hands by building their own version of the Ranger Raptor.

The finished product has gone on display at the 2019 SEMA Show. Take a look for yourself:

Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 like a Raptor

From the front, they turned a stock Ford Ranger Lariat into a wider and beefier machine

In order to build their version of the Ranger Raptor, PaxPower started out with a Ranger Lariat FX4 variant. They then ordered a couple of Ranger Raptor body panels, presumably from Thailand.

Next, they bolted on a pair of massive aftermarket bumpers while modifying the underchassis, but PaxPower didn’t use any OEM Raptor parts; instead, they sourced a custom suspension setup from Baja Kits, which included 2.5-inch racing shocks and very hefty-looking control arms. 

Finally, they tweaked the Ranger’s 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four to make around 350 horsepower, significantly higher than the 210 horses on the Asian-spec Ranger Raptor; the US version can actually outperform the stock Raptor on and off-road, so the Americans have done a pretty good job.

>>> Check out for the Ford Ranger Raptor 2020 Philippines Review.

Ford Ranger Lariat

They also have the Lariat Raptor clone, a very tough and capable-looking machine wearing all-terrain tires

If you’re wondering about the cost, this build didn’t come cheap; in fact, PaxPower's bill totaled at around $65,000. That’s nearly the price of a brand-new F-150 Raptor. Ooof! It just further drives home the point that we're most fortunate to have the Ranger Raptor in our market.

>>> Click here to update the latest changes in Ford Philippines price.

Lariat Raptor clone's rear

Americans are limited to one-offs, whereas the Ranger Raptor is readily available in our market

For more automotive news, keep reading for cool articles about even cooler cars!

Know more about Ford Ranger 2021

Ford Ranger

<p>The Ford Ranger received numerous facets and practicality and is one of the long-running in the segment of pickup trucks. Still, it has changed a lot in recent years, and today, it is equipped with proper SUV features, truck muscularity, spacious cabin, car drivability, and the like.</p> <p>The sport-themed oriented urban truck was intended for the buyer&#39;s active lifestyle. Hence, the Blue Oval Company&#39;s midsize pickup truck is also utilized as a lifestyle &#39;weekend&#39; SUV aside from being just a pickup car. Its robust and multi-talented platform is common for both Ford Ranger and <a href="" title="Ford Everest Philkotse Car Guide">Everest</a>, the latter is considered one of the leading SUVs in its respective segment.</p> <p>Powering the Ford Ranger is either a 2.5-litre or&nbsp;3.0-litre Dura TORQ TCDi diesel engines that supply high values of power and torque as well as better mileage. It also features enough room and additional space at the back for either business or personal purposes.</p> <p>The double cabin pickup truck comes with on-road agility, together with its competent handling and reasonable off-roading capability with a 4x4 mechanism. Moreover, the midsize pickup truck&nbsp;features top-class safety features and competes with the types of <a href="" title="Isuzu D-Max Philkotse Car Guide">Isuzu D-Max</a>, <a href="" title="Toyota Hilux Philkotse Car Guide">Toyota Hilux</a>, <a href="" title="Chevrolet Colorado Philkotse Car Guide">Chevrolet Colorado</a> and, <a href="" title="Mitsubishi Strada Philkotse Car Guide">Mitsubishi Strada</a>.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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