Thursday, June 1, 2023

Ranger Raptor: Ford’s take on the wild pickup

Finally, and after a long development that included a strong summer campaign, Ford Argentina has announced the pre-sale of the new Ranger Raptor, a super pickup that is more powerful and bigger than ever.

This forecast of the new generation will begin to be manufactured this year at the plant known as Pacheco General and for which 580 million dollars will be invested. Later, a new injection of US$ 80 million was announced for the national production of engines for this new truck.

However, this version of the Raptor, which arrived from Thailand, differs in many ways from Ford’s upcoming midsize pickup. Starting price.

The new Ford Ranger Raptor now comes with a 397 hp V6 gasoline engine. Photo by Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi

Oval brand has announced that the pre-sale of the new Ranger Raptor will be completed at a price of $29,200,000 and will cost 100 units, with priority given to those who own the previous generation of this special version. Starting in May, it will be official in dealers.

Fast delivery

This new Raptor features a new strength-reinforced steel chassis and off-road skid plates to protect vital pickup parts that are often exposed, such as the crankcase, transmission or fuel tank. Even the lacinia was a little girl before.

For this new edition, it was decided to replace the 2.0-liter turbodiesel and 213 horsepower with a 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost gasoline engine, which delivers 397 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque.

The new ford ranger raptor debuts chassis and electronic improvements. Photo: rolando andrade stracuzzi

The new Ford Ranger Raptor debuts chassis and electronic improvements. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi

This engine uses biturbo technology, a dual fuel injection system, 24 valves with a double-head camshaft, independent variable distribution for the intake and exhaust system and an anti-lag system (Anti-Lag). It is connected to an automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters.

The four-wheel drive system of the new Ranger Raptor has been improved, according to a brand statement, which provides “better performance, safety and individual control of each wheel.”

In addition to the traditional options of a four-wheel drive system that can be combined with a gearbox (4×2, 4×4 high and 4×4 low), this adds an automatic option that distributes power between both axles according to ground adhesion. or agency mandate.

The new ford ranger raptor comes with competitive drives. Photo: rolando andrade stracuzzi

The new Ford Ranger Raptor comes with competitive drives. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi

In turn, it has seven electronically controlled driving modes that adjust the engine, transmission, traction, suspension, steering and exhaust. These are: Normal, Sport, Slippery, Mud, Sand, Rocks and Low.

In addition to these driving modes, a custom parochial can be created by choosing between different steering, suspension and exhaust options.

Its suspension scheme was developed by the Ford Performance division and features new 2.5″ Fox Shox Live shock absorbers that adjust electronically at 500 times per second to handle handling conditions and terrain.

A style that predicts what will happen

The design of the Ranger Raptor is completely new and will be the first approach to styling that a domestically produced pickup truck will have. But in this version, the grille stands out with the letters “FORD” engraved on the poles, which is highlighted with Matrix LED technology.

The interior of the ford ranger raptor is completely new. Photo: rolando andrade stracuzzi

The interior of the Ford Ranger Raptor is completely new. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi

Features 2 front tow hooks, high strength aluminum grade side panels and a new Raptor design decal. The 285/70 R17 AT tires with new alloy wheels are designed exclusively for this version.

The interior is also completely renovated. In particular, this version has a sports steering wheel with built-in magnesium paddles, ambient LED interior lighting and sports seats with electrical regulation and built-in heating.

The center console has a 12″ multi-touch screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless cell phone connectivity and a B&O audio system with 8 speakers, a wireless phone charger and built-in satellite navigation (GPS). The instrument panel is also digital, with a 12.4″ screen that can be configured to suit the driver.

The new ford ranger raptor allows for sporty off-road driving. Photo: rolando andrade stracuzzi

The new Ford Ranger Raptor allows for sporty off-road driving. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi

Its equipment is completed with a 360° camera vision, two climate control zones, engine start and door lock. among others

In terms of safety, it has a series of assistive systems, including adaptive cruise with Stop & Go and a lane center system; pre-collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection; reverse braking assistant, wide parking assist and blind spot monitoring, among others.

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