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2022 Ford Ranger Raptor – The Most Advanced Ute Yet

February 23, 2022
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2022 Ford Ranger Raptor – The Most Advanced Ute Yet

“This will be the most capable and remarkable ute Aussies have seen thus far”

The Ford Ranger has been regarded as the most drivable ute to date. With brute US looks and a general macho appeal, Ford has certainly be on a winning streak for years.

However, there’s always that customer that wants MORE – to satisfy that lust Ford has today ushered in the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor…

 

Performance

A new high performance 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo EcoBoost engine delivers up to 292kW and 583Nm of torque. There’s also a new active exhaust system for some serious vroom, vroom noises.

The 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel will not be offered for the Australian market.  An interesting move, considering the trend of downsizing. Although down here, we like our engines big… And stuff.

The automatic transmission has 10 cogs. You can challenge the box via multiple drive modes, some for the road (Normal, Sport, Slippery) or on the rough stuff (Rock Crawl, Sand, Mud/Ruts, Baja)

Ford Performance developed the suspension that features FOX 2.5-inch shock absorbers.

The Raptor gets around using an on demand four-wheel drive system, one that can also electronically control a two-speed transfer case, combined with front and rear locking diffs.

The basis for the Raptor experience is a unique chassis. A series of unique mounts and reinforcements has been designed for elements including the C-pillar, load box and spare wheel. Unique frames for the bounce bumper, shock tower and rear shock bracket all combine to ensure Next-Gen Ranger Raptor can handle punishing off-road conditions.

Towing is still rated at 2,500kg (braked).

What They Say

Dave Burn, Ford Performance Chief Program Engineer for Ranger Raptor.

“We’ve really focused on delivering a genuine performance truck with the Next-Gen Ranger Raptor,”

“It’s significantly faster, looks incredible, is packed with new features, and is the strongest Built Ford Tough Ranger we’ve ever made.”

“The 3.0-litre brings a different dynamic to the Ranger Raptor that will satisfy even the most hardcore performance enthusiast,”

“The acceleration and raw performance of the new powertrain leaves you grinning from ear-to-ear.”

“The new suspension upgrades in the Ranger Raptor make the most of the new FOX Live Valve dampers. The suspension adapts in real time to enable exceptional on-road body control while absorbing corrugations and bigger ruts off-road ensuring maximum control and performance,”

“We knew that customers would expect improved performance with the Next-Gen Ranger Raptor, but I’m not sure they’re really expecting the enormous leap we’ve made. It’s a seriously fun car to drive and I think the raw performance is going to blow them away,” said Burn.

Dave Dewitt, Ranger Raptor Exterior Design Manager.

“Everything designed for the Next-Generation Raptor is there for a reason,” said “We’re communicating what Raptor can do just by the way it looks.”

Comfort

The cabin features all-new, sports seats both front and back.

Orange accents on the instrument panel, trim and seats are enhanced by Raptor’s ambient lighting, which illuminates the interior in an amber glow. A leather sports steering wheel with thumb swells, on-centre marking and cast magnesium paddle shifters completes the picture.

Design

It’s tough looking, that’s for sure. Ford amplify this via flared wheel arches, C-clamp headlamps, bold FORD logo lettering on the grille, and the bumper that’s separated from the grille.

This would be the first ute in Australia to feature Matrix LED headlights. The brilliant tech is usually only found on high-end vehicles European vehicles, let alone some psycho off-roader ute.

The lights will bend and alter the intensity of the beam as required. It won’t dazzle the car in front or those approaching you. It simply provides the most amount of light possible in all the right places.

There’s a choice of two muscular 17-inch wheel designs, with both wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain rubber.

Those vents you see are fully functional too.

The tougher exterior extends to new-design cast aluminium side steps LED taillights

The ‘Precision Grey’ rear bumper features an integrated step pad and towbar that is tucked up high to aid the truck’s departure angle.

Technology

The new Raptor ramps up the tech with a 12.4-inch digital cluster and 12-inch centre touchscreen. It runs via the latest version  of Ford’s SYNC4A software.

Apple CarPlay and Android are supported by a wireless connection. Supported smartphones can also be charged via a pad at the base of the centre console. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is another astonishing addition, for a dual-cab.

Bowen’s Report Card

This will be the most capable and remarkable ute Aussies have seen thus far.

It’s set to go on sale later this year, with a price tag north of $80,000.