Due out soon is the all-new workhorse bakkie, the Ford Ranger Raptor. What makes this bird of prey so significant is it’ll be the first Ford Ranger built in South Africa. Exciting times, and great for our local industry – especially considering our economic climate.
But that’s what the Ford Ranger Raptor is all about… riding over rough terrain in style. According to Cars.co.za, significant progress has already been made, with the first batch of 10 trial units already driving off the production line. Vroom vroom!
The production plant has seen significant investment by Ford, the American automobile maker: R3 billion, to be exact. This is to ensure that everything is ready for when the real production starts.
It’s expected that there will be quite a high demand from South Africans for the Raptor. And it isn’t hard to see why.
According to the official website, it is “a 100% uniquely designed, wonder engineered off-road performance truck to take on the terrain of your choice.”
It should be noted here, that for the Yanks, anything bakkie upwards is considered a truck, unlike in SA where trucks tend to be 3 tonners and up (not to mention infuriating drivers by slowing down the highway).
As for why it’s called a Raptor, well, we partly assume it’s the inspired design lines on the vehicle, and fierce front grill. There’s something amazing about the headlights that bring the Ranger Raptor almost to life… like it was a living, breathing metallic organism.
The new Ranger Raptor will feature an all-new infotainment device, which will keep you entertained with your favourite tracks while riding off the beaten track. And it comes in automatic transmission. Which we prefer because we’re slightly on the lazy side, though it does have a manual mode to it.
The infotainment can be easily controlled from the steering wheel. With a set of controls built into it, it makes changing music and volume, or simply taking calls via the Bluetooth, as easy as eating American pie.
Now onto the specs. The Ranger Raptor will have plenty of raw power to draw on, with its new 2.0 litre bi-turbodiesel engine. You’ll get 157 kW and 500 Nm torque power. The transmission is, as we mentioned, auto and has 10-speeds.
And we suspect, just like a real bird of prey, it will swoop in and take lauded awards from its competitors in the bakkie off-road category.