The first ever Ford Ranger Raptor is a culmination of work spanning no less than four years in the making, a vehicle that’s developed with one purpose in mind – to be the ultimate, all-terrain compact pick-up truck on offer. It’s the second high-performance pick-up truck after the F-150 Raptor in the Ford Performance stable, populated by the likes of the GT, Focus RS and Shelby GT350.

It’s a Raptor through and through, from the way it drives, right up to the way it looks. We’ve gone through the vehicle in detail (along with a massive picture gallery), so be sure to check it out, here. In terms of performance, the Ranger Raptor is fitted with a new EcoBlue 2.0 litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel, making 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Power is put down to the ground via a new 10-speed automatic transmission with downshift rev matching.

Several notable features include the full Raptor exterior styling, Raptor leather-suede sports bucket seats with blue contrast stitching, Raptor steering wheel with red 12 o’ clock marker, steering-mounted magnesium paddle shifters, six drive modes including Baja mode, SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionalities and a reverse camera.

Off-road numbers include an approach angle of 32.5 degrees, ramp over angle of 24 degrees and departure angle of 24 degrees. Its water wading depth is rated at 850 mm – all this is achieved by raising the car by 50 mm (ground clearance is 283 mm now), but its centre of gravity remains unchanged. A set of Fox Racing Shox dampers with internal bypass system adds credence to its performance, and the rear suspension is supplemented by a coilover with Watt’s linkage setup.

For safety, it gets ESC, trailer sway control, hill start assist, hill descent control, load adaptive control and active lane keeping assist. However, features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control are absent, but the former will be offered at a later date.

So, would you be interested in getting the Ranger Raptor? Let us know below. For now, enjoy this video. :)