Today, the Czech representation of the Ford carmaker invited us to its headquarters, where a small and big surprise awaited us. The shapes of a pickup truck, whose name was not hard to guess, were clearly outlined under the dark sail. Especially when a C-shaped LED light signature shone through the fabric, making it clear that we were waiting for the unveiling of the new generation Ford Ranger.
The carmaker did not only bring the classic version, but also the sharpest one, known as the Ranger Raptor, which will be the first to be available on the Czech market. Customers already have the opportunity to place their orders, but the production of the car will not start until July and the first pieces on the Czech market are expected during December.
The production of the Ranger Raptor will not take place traditionally in South Africa, where the classic new Ford Ranger will be produced together with the new Volkswagen Amarok (built on the same base), but exclusively in Thailand, from where the car will travel to the sea for a while. We can add that the Ranger is now the most global model in the brand’s offer. It is available in more than 180 countries and is manufactured in six production plants on four continents.
But let’s go back to the new Ranger Raptor, which at first glance attracts attention with a distinctive mask with the Ford inscription, which is lined on the sides by LED Matrix headlights. We have already described design innovations within the new Raptor in the past, but it is worth mentioning, for example, the 230 V / 400 W socket on the body, sector lighting around the car, the body cover usable as a work table, the electrically closable body cover, etc.
The interior has also undergone a transformation, which will offer more comfortable upholstery, a more interesting choice of materials and also a more modern environment. Just look at the 14.8 “digital instrument panel, which complements the vertically oriented 12” infotainment running on the SYNC 4A operating system. Despite the large display, however, the Ranger retained a separate analog air conditioning panel. The center panel has also been modified, where the new E-Shifter gear selector (with the option of changing the gear with a button on the side), a new driving mode selector and an electronic parking brake are also available.
Probably the biggest news, however, took place under the hood. The new Ranger Raptor will be available with a 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost twin-turbo turbocharged engine, which in the European version (Euro 6.2 compliant) will offer a maximum output of 212 kW (288 hp) at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 491 Nm. at 3000 rpm. However, in some global markets where Euro 5 will suffice for the Raptor, the engine will offer up to 400 horsepower. Later, the range of engines for the Raptor will be expanded by a 2.0-liter diesel with an output of 205 hp, which, despite the lack of charisma, has proven itself in the last generation of the model.
The petrol engine is standardly connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission and e-4WD all-wheel drive, which thanks to seven driving modes promises ideal car settings for every situation – whether on a road where Normal, Sport and Slippery modes come in handy, or in more demanding terrain. where the Skály, Písek, Bláto and Baja driving modes apply (for really fast off-road driving).
The change of driving modes is also related to the setting of all-wheel drive, which can operate in the mode of pure rear wheel (2H), automatically connectable quad bike 4A (primarily the rear axle is driven, but the car is able to distribute torque between the axles up to 50:50) , there is a permanent “fast” ATV 4H and all-wheel drive with reduction (4L).
As the driving mode changes, up to about 100 different settings should be changed, including electronically controlled Fox active shocks, engine and transmission behavior, active exhaust settings with a pair of tailpipes and flaps, or information display on the digital instrument panel and infotainment system.
In addition, the specialty of the Raptor model will be the ability to adjust the car’s settings via quick access buttons on the steering wheel. Steering can be set to Normal, Sport and Comfort, the suspension offers Normal, Sport and Off-Road options, the exhaust can have Normal, Silent, Sport or Baja sound and the R button on the steering wheel (R as Raptor, the sharpest VW not to be confused here) allows quick switching to user preset mode.
At the same time, it is impressive how well the new Ranger Raptor is prepared for a sharp ride in difficult terrain. The car received a specially reinforced frame, the aforementioned Fox Live Valve shock absorbers with bypass valve, front and rear coil springs, ventilated disc brakes, electric brake booster, longer forged aluminum upper arms and the engine itself is adapted to high stress (even temperature). In the terrain, you will also enjoy a wading of 850 mm, approach angles of 31 ° at the front and 27 ° at the rear, a crossing angle of 24 ° or a side tilt of up to 30 degrees.
Compared to the classic Ranger, the Raptor has a 90 mm wider front and rear track and a 50 mm higher ground clearance. In addition, it is standard on 17 “cast wheels, fitted with year-round off-road tires 285/70 R17 BF Goodrich KO2. It is also worth mentioning the Trail Control system, which allows you to cross the terrain at a fixed speed, or the standard front and rear differential locks, which are activated via the infotainment touch screen. The older diesel Ragner Raptor only knew how to lock the rear differential, and it will be the same with the new generation with a diesel engine. The six-cylinder petrol engine will therefore offer more than just higher performance and charisma corresponding to the famous name.
However, the consumption of the three-liter petrol six-cylinder, which promises acceleration from 0 to 100 in 7.1 seconds and a maximum speed of up to 180 km / h, will be around 13.8 l / 100 km, according to the Czech price list. However, it is not surprising – it is still a pick-up with an operating weight of 2478 kilograms, with a maximum permissible weight of 3130 kg and tightens up to 2500 kilograms on the ball.
The price of the Ford Ranger Raptor starts from 1,823,310 CZK – including VAT. Basically, the car offers practically everything important, but customers can still pay extra for the electrically operated rolling body cover (+56.870 CZK), body tub protection (+37.510 CZK), surcharge metallic paints (+25.570), stickers (+23.014 CZK) and a few other details.
However, those who would like better skills and features will have to wait for the classic Ford Ranger, whose price list is expected to be published in June, will probably go into production in January 2023 and the first customers could wait for it in June. next year.
The Ford Ranger will be available in a total of seven equipment (including the Raptor), with two forming the base, two focusing more on asphalt and three heading off-road. The basic equipment will bear the XL and XLT markings, will have a 2.0 EcoBlue 170 hp engine under the hood and will probably target fleet customers. We expect poorer equipment – for example, including halogen headlights.
For those who will use the car mainly on the road, the carmaker will offer Limited equipment (again equipped with a 2.0 EcoBlue 170 hp four-cylinder diesel) and a brand new Platinum equipment, equipped with a 3.0 EcoBlue V6 240 hp diesel six-cylinder. now two beads.
The first is the fact that this engine will be more powerful than the 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder under the hood of the Raptor (205 hp). The second interesting fact is that it will be a different engine than what Volkswagen is planning for its Amarok. Both the Ranger and the Amarok will offer different six-cylinder diesel engines (and then they won’t grow).
In addition to the top version of the Raptor, the Ranger also offers completely new Tremor equipment (with a 2.0 EcoBlue 205 hp engine) and the previously known Wildtrak equipment for off-road use. It will be available with both the two-liter diesel 2.0-cylinder EcoBlue 205 hp and the new three-liter diesel six-cylinder with 240 hp. However, we will have to wait for further details – at least until the price list is published.