Bangkok - Ford has finally ripped the covers off its eagerly-awaited Ranger Raptor, but while it might look like the burly little brother of its F-150 namesake from the ‘States, the pumped up one-tonner might not have what fans were expecting beneath the bonnet.
Let’s just say that it audaciously rips up that “no replacement for displacement” rule book, embracing the modern downsizing trend with a twin-turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2-litre is potent for its size, producing 157kW and 500Nm, but fans will almost certainly be disappointed that it makes just 10kW and 30Nm more than the current 3.2-litre five-pot turbodiesel, and they'll no doubt envy the North American Ranger customers - who will get the Mustang's 2.3-litre turbopetrol, even in their workhorse-spec models!
That said, those are impressive outputs for a 2-litre and Ford claims to have torture tested it to the extreme to prove durability - including running a ‘thermo cycle’ on the engine to heat both turbos to the point of “glowing red” for 200 hours non-stop.
With a ground clearance of 283mm, the Raptor rides 46mm higher than regular 4x4 Rangers, sporting Fox Racing shock absorbers and a new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs aimed at improving rear axle lateral stability off road. Ford has also improved the approach and departure angles to 32.5 and 24.0 degrees respectively.