‘Bad-ass’ is not the kind of term you expect Ford to use to describe, well, pretty much anything!
But it’s precisely the term they’ve chosen to promote its new Ranger Raptor performance pickup.
Unveiled at the Gamescom trade fair in Cologne, Germany (rather than, y’know, a regular boring auto show), the Ranger Raptor will be the toughest and highest performing version of Europe’s best-selling pickup when it goes on sale mid-2019.
Ford says the pickup has been developed by Ford Performance to support thrill-seeking outdoor lifestyles and tackle the harshest off-road terrain at speed.
What’s different with the Ranger Raptor?
This ‘go-anywhere ability’ is unlocked by an ultra-strong chassis, bespoke suspension and tyres, not to mention, a two-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, with 210bhp and 500Nm of torque, linked to ten-speed automatic gearbox.
There’s also a six-mode terrain management system, designed to cope with a wide range of terrain, such as grass, gravel and snow, to mud, sand, rock while ‘Baja mode’ tweaks the engine for high-speed off-road performance – just what you need whilst competing in the famous Baja Desert Rally.
No word on top speed or 0-62mph acceleration but we guess you can count on it beating a Navara or L200 at the lights.
“Forget everything you think you know about pickups,” said Leo Roeks, director of Ford Performance in Europe.
“Our new Ranger Raptor is a different breed – a thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader that can toil with the best of them in the harshest of working conditions.
“The new Ranger Raptor delivers all the tools a thrill-seeker could ask for. Like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV in one – it’s the ultimate adventure pickup.”
You can watch the Ranger Raptor in action at https://youtu.be/U94wDbctu1U – and yep, it’s undeniably impressive.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Sales of pickups have gathered serious pace in recent years and this new Ranger Raptor is sure to be on the wantlist of anyone in the market for a pickup come 2019.”
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