2018 Ford Ranger Raptor debuts, twin-turbo diesel engine

The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has been unveiled, capitalising on the burgeoning dual cab ute market. It is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles to be launched this year.

Set to square off against the HSV Colorado SportsCat and 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X, the Ranger Raptor borrows its formula from the smash hit Ford F-150 Raptor, including raised ground clearance, long travel Fox suspension, and high performance brakes.

Set to be part of the facelifted Ford Ranger lineup, the Raptor sits atop the former flagship, the Wildtrak, with a new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four cylinder, generating 157kW and 500Nm. This is an increase of 10kW and 30Nm over the old 3.2-litre five-cylinder mill. A 10-speed automatic gearbox as seen on the 2018 Ford Mustang and several GM vehicles debuts with this car as well.

The dune-busting Raptor features the Watts Link coil-sprung rear suspension setup develop dfor the Everest, with more ground clearance thanks to Fox springs. It has 17-inch alloys, BF Goodrich tyres and massive 332mm brake discs front and rear.

The interior appears to benefit from sports bolstered seats, a blue leather stitched steering wheel and special graphics for the infotainment system.
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