OveruseApril 30, 2021 17:54:47 IST
While the regular Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to launch in India sometime this year, Ford has unveiled a more aggressive derivative of the 4×4 pick-up in the Australian market. The version called the Ford Ranger Raptor X comes with a number of additions that make the Ranger Raptor stand out even more. The Ranger Raptor X features matte black and red-edged stickers that run across the hood, roof and tailgate. There is another track on the pages.
In addition, matte black covers most of the extra exterior cladding that the Raptor already gets when the grille, bumper, fenders, door handles, mirrors and wheel covers are all finished in this material. The design of the transferred tires also receives similar treatment. Overlapping this are red towbars and an extended sports bar on the loading dock.
The interior also gets a sportier shape. The original blue stitching in the all-black cab has been replaced with a red steering wheel and dashboard, while the doors and dashboard have more black accents.
The Ford Ranger Raptor X remains mechanically unchanged in the regular Raptor. The Raptor is characterized by a reinforced chassis and a unique chassis configuration aimed at fast terrain. The rear suspension has been replaced with a new coil arrangement with an integrated Watt joint for better lateral stability. The shock absorbers are supplied by Fox, now 63.5 mm wide, and offer variable damping while being supported by aluminum control arms. Other highlights include raised brakes, a 60 percent thicker washer and specially developed BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tires.
These additions give the Ranger Raptor 283 mm ground clearance and 850 mm wading depth. The 4×4 pick-up has a 32.5 degree approach angle, ramp and departure angles of 24 degrees. The Ranger Raptor is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine with dual turbo precision, paired with 213 hp and 500 Nm with a 10-speed torque converter. In addition to the endeavor and Ranger standard driving modes, the Raptor adds Baja mode, which allows for fast off-road driving.
It is unlikely that the Ford Ranger Raptor X will enter the Indian market when Ford is expected to start selling a standard version, at least initially. The Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to be significantly more expensive than the associated Ford Endeavor, possibly around Rs 70 million (ex-showroom). It was originally expected to start in the first quarter of 2021, but the current growth in COVID-19 cases will invariably rise back to the start schedule.