At long last, the Ford Ranger Raptor has been launched in Malaysia, just under a month after the standard Ranger range was introduced. The high-performance pick-up truck comes with an uprated Baja-ready chassis and is powered by a new engine also found on the range-topping Wildtrack 4×4.

Priced at RM199,888 on-the-road without insurance, the Raptor comes to our shores even cheaper than in the country it is built, Thailand, where it retails at 1.699 million baht (RM215,800). Included in the price is a three-year/100,000 km warranty.

At its heart is the latest 2.0 litre EcoBlue twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine from the Panther family, punching out 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. All this is routed through a Getrag 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission with a wider ratio span that improves acceleration and responsiveness.

Under the blistered rammed-its-way-through-Brother’s bodywork, the chassis has been reinforced with high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel and features wider front and rear tracks, greater approach and departure angles and an increased water wading depth of 850 mm. There’s also a coil-sprung solid rear axle with a Watt’s linkage to control body movements.

Then there’s the signature Raptor party piece – Fox Racing Shox dampers just like on the F-150 Raptor, with Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) offering high damping forces for going off-road at full pelt, and lower forces in the mid-travel zone for more comfortable tarmac driving. Also fitted are 17-inch black six-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres, as well as uprated brakes.

On the outside, the Ranger Raptor has been beefed up, with the most significant change being the Ford block letter grille that has already been seen on plenty a Ranger over here. There are also durable composite fender flares to house the wider tyres, along with a sturdy frame-mounted front bumper, a steel bash plate, front and rear skid plates, alloy side steps, an integrated rear tow bar and tow hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes.

Just two exterior colour options are available – the hero Lightning Blue and Conquer Grey. Inside, there are part-leather sports seats with blue stitching and embroidered Raptor logos, a sportier steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters and a unique instrument cluster.

Standard kit includes xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, keyless entry, push-button start, auto lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, an eight-way powered driver’s seat, active noise cancellation, dual-zone auto climate control, a rear 230-volt power socket and a SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety-wise, the Raptor comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill descent control and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors. However, it doesn’t get the Wildtrak 4×4’s driver assists, which include autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.


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