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May 9, 2023

Heads Up! Ford Philippines Is Launching The Next-Generation Ranger Raptor On May 18

Well, that didn’t take long. After a surprise preview at the Manila International Auto Show (where it was nonchalantly displayed at their booth), Ford Philippines is launching the next-generation Ranger Raptor. Mark your calendars because it’s happening on May 18.

Though Ford Philippines didn’t give any details during its surprise appearance at MIAS, the unit on display at the show is the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel (as evidenced by the lack of the dual exhaust of the turbocharged V6 gasoline version). If that’s the case, it makes 210 horsepower and 500 Nm—figures shared with the top-of-the-line Ranger Wildtrak.

However, here’s still hoping that the carmaker will throw enthusiasts a bone and also offer the turbocharged V6 as well. If that’s the case, imagine a two-ton pickup truck with more power than a Subaru WRX and more torque than a Honda Civic Type R (397 horsepower and 583 Nm).

Regardless of engine, it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic with permanent all-wheel drive. It also has an electronically-controlled two-speed transfer case and a locking differential on both the front and rear axles.

As always, Ford has revamped the chassis compared to the all-new Ranger. A series of Raptor-specific mounts and reinforcements were done, as well as unique frames for the jounce bumper, shock tower and rear shock bracket. 

Ford also re-designed the suspension with lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms, long‑travel front and rear suspension and a refined Watt’s link rear end. At each corner are Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shock absorbers that have position-sensitive damping capability too.

Style-wise, the all-new Ranger Raptor builds on the Ranger’s styling but gets flared wheel arches and the trademark F-O-R-D grille lettering. The flared fenders cover muscular 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Raptor-exclusive performance all‑terrain tires. Functional vents, aero features and tough, grippy cast-aluminum side steps help enhance the look and functionality of the truck.

The unit displayed at MIAS was in the Code Orange colorway, but it’s likely to be joined by other head-turning colors such as Blue Lightning and Conquer Gray. The same trademark Code Orange color is found inside where it accentuates the instrument panel, trim, and seats. It’s also used as the main color for the ambient lighting.

No pricing has been indicated yet, but just before it bowed out, the previous Ranger Raptor climbed up from its original SRP of P 1,898,000 to P 2,048,000. It is very likely that the next-generation Ranger Raptor would be priced in the P 2.1-million price bracket.


  1. As an enthusiast sir uly and just drive whatever makes you happy regardless of how much would it cost you in maintenance as evident that you owned a cx5, could this new raptor convince you to own a pick up truck? I know you aren't one of those people specially those "i'd rather" who always pay attention to reliability, spare parts availability or resale value more than how the car drives and feels inside or on the road, so your opinion for sure unbiased.

    1. Nope. The new Raptor won't convince me to buy a pickup truck. Since I don't use the bed, there's no reason for me to buy a vehicle with 50 percent of its footprint wasted or unused. If I'd put a roller on it, I'd rather just get an SUV. Also, not a fan of those modded, lifted trucks too. They're just silly.

    2. Maybe a mustang will do😁😁😁

    3. Uly's right once again, nobody should own a pickup truck unless you regularly need to haul cargo on the bed, like if you're in the agri or construction industries. 95% of the "lifestyle trucks" you see in the metro are just psychological compensation rides. It's just a waste of road & parking space, they should be taxed a congestion tax.

    4. Fair enough.. and yeah! I'm with you in those lifted trucks, it's like a modified tractor. It may look good/badass for them but an eyesore to some, lol!


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