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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor ready for Australian buyers

The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor, in all its production-ready glory, has touched down in Australia following its global reveal early in 2018. You can place an order now, but don’t expect to pick your vehicle anytime before September.

Ford hasn’t mucked around in terms of beefing up the Ranger Raptor, which has certainly set a new benchmark in off-road performance for a utility vehicle here in Australia. There’s 283mm of ground clearance, and it offers a 150mm wider front and rear track than the regular Ranger – which is already a big car.

The flared front and rear guards have been designed to accommodate the Ranger Raptor’s long travel suspension and off-road tyres, helping to make it more capable off road, while the front bumper features LED fog lamps with air-curtain ducts which are said to “reduce air resistance”. Right…

Inside there’s sports seats that are trimmed in “Technical Suede” for maximum grip, of which Ford says helps “provide support during high-performance off-road driving, or while cruising in town”. There’s also blue stitching and leather accents, a leather steering wheel, as well as special “Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters” if you want to control gears yourself.

Don’t stress if you get lost in the Ranger Raptor as there’s a system called “breadcrumb” which leaves a trail in uncharted areas. The Ranger Raptor also comes fitted with stability control that features a roll mitigation function – this function uses sensors to anticipate and minimise oversteer, understeer, and rollover incidents.

Trevor Worthington, vice president, product development, Ford Asia Pacific, said:

“We are proud to unleash the Ford Performance version of the highly successful Ford Ranger pickup truck to our customers around the world.

“Our performance vehicles bring a different customer into Ford showrooms, and Ranger Raptor will help conquest new customers looking for a Ranger with immense off-road capability like no other.”

The Ranger Raptor will be exclusively fitted with a new 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine develops 157kW and 500Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Ranger model ever. It’s worth noting that this new engine will also be available as an option in the upcoming (regular) 2019 Ranger lineup.

The Ranger Raptor will also exclusively come with an all-new 10-speed automatic gearbox, with no manual model planned (at least at the time of writing).

The Ranger Raptor will come standard with what Ford calls “Terrain Management System”. This system includes a Baja mode, which is said to be inspired by Mexico’s Baja Desert Rally, enhances engine response and relaxes the traction control system to allow the driver more freedom to have fun.

The brakes have also been given special treatment, with the Ranger Raptor featuring twin-piston front calipers that are 9.5mm bigger in diameter. The front brake rotors measure an impressive 332mm x 32mm in size, while the rear measures 332mm x 24mm.

As you can see by the press shots, the Ranger Raptor is capable of launching through rough terrain. This is mostly thanks to a serious set of shock absorbers that were developed and supplied by FOX. The Watt’s linkage rear suspension has also been engineered to cope with tough terrain at high-speed.

If you thought the rubber looked big, that’s because it is. The Ranger Raptor comes with “specially developed” BF Goodrich All-Terrain 285/70 R17 KO2 tyres.

Damien Ross, chief program engineer, Ford Ranger Raptor, said:

“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available standard production road vehicle, and still provide amazing ride comfort on-road.

“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamics and fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special truck.”

The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor is available for order now, with first deliveries expected to go out in September. Pricing for the beefed-up model begins from $74,990 (excluding on-road costs).

As always, if you’re in the market for a brand-new car, or more specifically a 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor, speak with our car buying team New Vehicle Group to get a free quote.

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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