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This is Ford's new baby Raptor

08 February 2018

However, Ford has an even "hotter" variant that is incoming: the Ranger Raptor. These keep the air resistance of the body down.

The fender flares are made of composite material to resist physical damage like dents and dings, plus they are necessary for the longer suspension travel and bigger wheels. The truck sits 74 inches tall and its minimum ground clearance has been jacked up to over 11 inches. They're also meant to stop rock spray from hitting the truck's rear. The steps/sliders are powder coated and then coated in a grit paint for grip and longevity.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3800kg, the front hooks are rated to 4500kg.

What will irk potential buyers is the fact the Raptor has a maximum towing capacity of 2500kg (braked), 1000kg below the segment's benchmark.

Unusually, however, there's no vast gas engine under the hood. Not only is this the first ever Ranger Raptor, but it also debuted with a new turbocharged 2.0L diesel engine.

Shifting gears is the company's new 10-speed automatic transmission, shared with the F-150 Raptor and soon to be offered in the face-lifted Mustang sports auto. Paddle shifters come as standard, so gearshifts can be manually overridden at will. You also get the F-150 Raptor's grille and all its clever off-roading terrain response modes.

There's no news on whether the United States will get the Ranger Raptor yet.

Under the skin is a chassis frame tailored to high-speed use off-road, new coilover rear suspension using a Watt's link setup and solid rear axle, and stiffened side rails. The underlying frame uses different grades of high-strength low-alloy steel.

The shocks - categorised as "Position Sensitive Damping" type - are created to cop the worst of undulating terrain at high speeds providing "higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound", according to Ford.

The Raptor also gets beefier rubber - All-Terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres, measuring 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width - and disc brakes. The inside is lined with Ford Performance accents including bolstered seats with suede inserts, magnesium shift paddles, and an on-center red steering wheel marker.

Power is harnessed from a new and larger intake manifold, and if turbo lag comes to mind, fret not. We just spent a week with one and have come up with a list of nine things you should know about the SUV. "So, if it's North America, you get an F-150 Raptor; the rest of the world, you get a Ranger Raptor". While we have no solid confirmation that we will see the truck in the U.S., a Twitter post from Ford's North American Products Communication Manager Mike Levine states, "Today's announcement is about the launch of the new Ranger Raptor in Asia Pacific markets".

Truckers, rejoice! Ford has finally unveiled the all-new Ranger Raptor here in Thailand, and it's the first time in the Blue Oval's history that the Raptor moniker is being used by a model other than the F-150.

This is Ford's new baby Raptor