OFFICIAL pricing has been released for the upcoming Ranger Raptor, with Ford slapping a $74,990 (manufacturer’s list price) price tag on the hotly anticipated ute to woo would-be punters.
The Ranger Raptor was unveiled to the world in Thailand, back in February this year, where it was confirmed it’ll be running a 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine capable of 156kW and 500Nm. That engine is backed by a 10-speed automatic adapted from the F-150.
“We’re unbelievably excited and delighted to be able to confirm that the Ranger Raptor is coming to Australia in 2018,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO of Ford Australia.
“The response to our announcement in September, and the interest from the global reveal back in February to bring it to market at such a sharp price only adds to the anticipation ahead of its arrival in local showrooms.”
The Raptor has a locking rear diff, as well as low- and high-range 4WD. Plus, the ute’s six-mode Terrain Management System features Baja mode for spiked off-road performance.
Off-road credentials is bolstered by the fitment of Fox suspension, aluminium upper and lower control arms, heavy duty skid plates, wider front and rear tracks, increased ride height and approach and departure angles, and an 850mm wading depth.
“Aussies have a passion for performance cars, and an appetite for pick-ups, and the Ranger is a direct response to that,” Whickman added.
“Our local design and engineering team has worked incredibly hard with Ford Performance on this truly unique program to deliver a product that brings Raptor DNA and meets the needs of Australians who’ve called for such a vehicle.”
We were lucky enough to partake in a development drive of the Ranger Raptor on Oz soil last year.
An exact 2018 on-sale date has yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be somewhere in the fourth quarter. Stay tuned to 4X4 Australia for more information when it lands.