From the beginning of the year it was known that Ford is going to introduce its craziest and most powerful Ranger in the US market in 2019. Ford is working on a powerful and off-road focused Ranger expected to be released in 2019. It is rumored that this new pick-up truck is a toughened-up version of the current Ranger and acquires the Raptor nameplate from F-150. This new generation of the Ford Ranger is a high performance variant bearing a Raptor name. The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor is a smaller truck than F-150, but this modern mid-sized truck is still a pretty substantial beast.
2019 Ford Ranger Raptor – Stylish Exterior and Interior Design
The new 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor will carry more aggressive styling in the front and a remolded side profile. Its front bumper, tow hook, and thick skid plate are all taken from the F-150 Raptor. The bumper’s design gives an impressive approach to off-road driving and is made from steel, giving it more resistance to abuse. The same stands for the front skid plate, which is mounted flush with the bumper, allowing utmost coverage of critical mechanical components.
The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor’s tow hooks are easily accessible like the F-150 Raptor. The grille is also adopted from the F-150 Raptor with its signature blocky F-O-R-D lettering. Its body cladding is expected to be minimal, thus offering more clearance. Along the sides, it is likely to have steel running boards for easy entry into the cab and act as rock sliders to protect rock panels.
2019 Ford Ranger Raptor – Powerful Engine and Performance
The new 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to get a 3.5-liter turbocharged Ecoboost V6 engine that pump out horsepower of 375 and 470 LB-FT torque. A smaller 2.7-litre V6 EcoBoost found in their F-150 pickup truck may also be offered. This engine would be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM. Ford could go cheap and use a six-speed automatic. It will be a pleasure to if Ford offers a six-speed manual transmission. This truck is also thought to be sporting a sophisticated five-link rear suspension setup. Ford will probably scale down the Raptor’s high-tech componentry. So it could get a limited-slip front differential; an electronically locking rear differential; and a part-time, two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case.
Nobody outside Ford has captured a glimpse of the interior of the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor. But it is speculated that Raptor gets unique seats with thicker bolsters and leather accent panels. The cloth seats are standard but its unique design separates it from the other models. Its steering wheel has a red on centre marker with red contrast stitching and thicker grips by the side. Behind the wheel the vehicle is mounted with paddle shifters to the column. It preserves their location regardless of wheel movement.
Also, the truck is likely to be accompanied by more safety kit, including forward facing radar on the windshield which will extend to emergency braking. In an effort to cater to U.S. buyers, Ranger’s interiors have been improved with upgraded in-dash technology and larger screens.
2019 Ford Ranger Raptor – Pricing and Release Date
In conclusion, the Range Raptor will be launched in late 2018 or early 2019. With a narrow gap between the Ranger Raptor and F-150 Raptor, it is expected that Ford would not charge too much for the Range Raptor. Finally, it is guessed that the 2019 Ranger Raptor would start around $42,000.
By launching the 2019 Ranger Raptor, the automakers have capitalized the off-road segment. It seems that this pickup truck can be the most capable offering in the segment. However, the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor will face stiff competition from Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Jeep Wrangler Pickup, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.