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.

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Lariat Raptor clone's rear

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

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Know more about Ford Ranger 2024

Ford Ranger

The 2023 Ford Ranger is a 4x4 or 4x2 pickup truck. It is the latest version of the said model, and as of its launch in the Philippine market, it has a total of eight different variants.

These are the top-spec Wildtrak 4x4, Wildtrak 4x2, Sport 4x4, Sport 4x2, XLT 4x2, XLS 4x2 AT, XLS 4x2 MT, and the entry-level XL 4x4. As of 2023, prices for these trims ranges from php 1,213,000 to Php 1,910,000.

Under the hood of the new Ranger are two-different diesel mills. For the Wildtrak 4x4, it uses a 2.0-liter biturbo that can churn out 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It is also the sole trim that uses a 10-speed automatic tranny.

The rest of the all-new Ranger then gets a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that can produce up to 170 horsepower and 405 Nm of torque. Only the XLS 4x2 and the XL 4x4 may come with a six-speed manual. The other non-biturbo trims then use a six-speed automatic.

Size-wise, the all-new 2023 Ranger is 5,370mm long, 1,918mm wide, and 1,884mm in height. They also offer a wheelbase length of 3,270mm, and a ground clearance of 235mm.

Locally, the 2023 Ford Ranger faces the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, etc.

₱ 1,213,000 - ₱ 1,910,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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