Inside, Ranger Raptor offers a tailored Ford Performance DNA interior design with a high level of craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials suitable for both off-road driving and everyday use.
First rumoured and revealed in its pre-release form back in September previous year, the ultimate Ranger is now set to take on the world, loaded with Ford Performance DNA, and its already established engineering capability and toughness. For one, it's powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel mated to a 10-speed auto; the motor reportedly makes 210 hp and a grunty 369 lb-ft of torque.
While undoubtedly high-strung, the team thermo-tested the sequential turbo setup for reliability at glowing red-hot temperatures for 200 hours continuously.
Shifting gears is the company's new 10-speed automatic transmission, shared with the F-150 Raptor and soon to be offered in the face-lifted Mustang sports vehicle.
The Raptor style has been more strongly defined in the Ranger, taking notes from the F-150 like the standout "FORD" grille.
On the back of this Baja Mode, when asked about racing the Ranger Raptor Ford Performance Chief Engineer, Jamal Hameedi said "if you don't want to race a vehicle, you can't work it for performance".
The biggest news is the engine. The Raptor Ranger has a towing capacity of over 5,500 pounds.
Even though the diesel seems like a huge step backwards for Ford, tech-wise, there is no denying that the new baby Raptor will be ready to rumble when the going gets rough. Continuing on with exterior features, the step boards were designed specifically to prevent rock spray from hitting the rear of the truck and the holes have been created to drain sand, mud and snow. "The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HSLA grade steel to absorb off-road high speed impacts", Ford said. The solid rear axle will use a combination of coilovers and a Watt's linkage, allowing for vertical movement without lateral play, for improved ride and handling.
Wrapped around the 17-inch alloys are All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor.
Behind the wheels are 332mm ventilated front brakes with twin-piston calipers (up 9.5mm), while the rear sees an upgrade to disc brakes (rather than drums) also measuring 332mm, with new 54mm calipers. The former includes your standard Normal and Sports modes for onroad driving, while the latter has modes for Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Sand, Rock and a special high-performance "Baja Mode", named for the famous Baja Desert Rally.
"It is awesome to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush", said Hameedi. "It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck - it's an incredible, awesome experience!"
Beyond the blue stitching and leather accents, there's a new steering wheel with magnesium shift paddles.
Ford's comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is also there to help in hard cornering and braking situations.