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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

ASEAN-Bound 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor Drops Diesel For Turbocharged V6 Gas Engine


Ford has confirmed that ASEAN is offering the next-generation Ranger Raptor with a turbocharged gasoline engine. This is based on information coming out of Thailand, its launch market in the region.

The Thai-market Ranger Raptor, which will go on sale later in the year, packs a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged V6. This powerplant is confirmed to make 397 horsepower at 5,650 rpm and 583 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. All that tractive force is then routed through a 10-speed automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive with an electronically-controlled two-speed transfer case and a locking differential on both the front and rear axles.

In the past, Ford has confirmed that the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel will remain as an engine option for the 2023 Ranger Raptor, but given this piece of news, that is looking unlikely for Southeast Asia at least in time for the launch.

Moving on, the Ranger Raptor comes with a series of on-road and off-road driving modes including Rock Crawl, and of course, Baja. It also has Trail Control which essentially a cruise control for off-roading that works up to 32 km/h.

Underneath, the Ranger Raptor has lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms and adaptive Fox dampers with 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass fitted with Teflon-infused oil. It also continues to have a rear Watt’s link for better high-speed control across rough terrain.

The Ranger Raptor also scores high in safety equipment with a 12.4-inch all-digital driver’s display, a 12-inch portrait-style infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. It can also park by itself using its Active Park Assist system.

In terms of safety, the kit includes seven airbags, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, ABS with EBD, stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, adaptive cruise control, AEB with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and braking, a 360-degree view camera system, reverse braking assist, evasive steering assist, active park assist, and tire pressure monitoring.

For the Thai market, it will be offered in four colors: Absolute Black, Artic White, Code Orange (see top photo), and Conquer Gray.

As for the pricing, it’ll be priced at 1.869 million Thai Baht or roughly P 2.89 million. That’s a 43 percent premium over the top-of-the-line Ranger Wildtrak in Thailand. Given the new car tax structure in Thailand, it’s unlikely that the Ranger Raptor would be this expensive when it lands here. That said, do expect a hefty increase over the current model’s P 2,048,000 price tag.

7 comments:

  1. Well because the ranger has more tech features than a raptor, that they have to downgrade something else

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  3. Holy hell, finally a properly gasoline powered pick-up truck. This will eat diesel-fed competitors for breakfast.

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    1. Good luck with the fuel consumption. With the petroleum prices nowadays, you might have lots of money enough to buy a gasoline station.

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    2. A proper performance truck needs a proper engine, not the boring diesels offered here. (You wouldn't call a 10 sec century run "performance")

      I'm already driving a 7km/L SUV, gasoline and diesel is almost equal in price, and im enjoying every press of the pedal. So yeah, i have nothing to lose.

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  4. This just moved up from a big boy's toy to something you'd have to seriously commit to, if considering to buy one. The drive system is permanent 4x4, engine is performance (not economy)- oriented, fuel prices are up and unstable, high cost of entry and insurance, size unwieldy in city and mall parking, etc. At the end of the day, it is a pickup truck and therefore if you need one, there are strong contenders in 1 to 1.5M range. But my heart says I want one.

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  5. I filled up my car recently and was surprised to learn that gasoline is now cheaper than diesel per liter.

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