Le Ford Ranger is the best-selling pick-up on the Old Continent but also in France. Both individuals and professionals have fallen under the spell of the American for its look, its services and above all for its status as a utility vehicle which allows it to escape nearly €40,000 in ecological penalties. So even if it means not paying a penalty, it’s the sports version called Raptor which will be launched from the start of the 2022 academic year in Europe. It will be equipped with a bi-turbo petrol V6 producing nearly 300 hp, a Ford Performance body kit and specific suspensions. The “normal” Ranger will appear on our roads at the start of 2023.
The new Ford Ranger has a much more massive look than its predecessor. It is longer (+5 cm), wider and more square, the objective being to strengthen the links with its big brother, the F-150, the best-selling pickup truck in the United States. For example, it takes up the hook-shaped daytime running lights nested at the end of the headlights. The Raptor stands out with its widened wheel arches, its exclusive colors and its long-travel Fox suspensions.
Larger and more massive, the new Ranger brings its look closer to the F-150, the best-selling pick-up in the United States. It was first marketed in a Sport “Raptor” version equipped with a 288 hp V6.
On board, there is an all-digital universe made up of instrumentation and a touch pad of more than 12” in a vertical position, very rare in a utility vehicle. The latter is equipped with the latest SYNC4 operating system known for its performance and speed of execution. The materials on board are neat and we move further away from the utilitarian universe. All the more so on this high-end Raptor version.
The seats have also been redesigned to provide better support and what is surprising is the space saving provided by the longer wheelbase. Now the rear passengers are better seated than before with more legroom. On the other hand, the backrest remains a little too vertical for our taste.
The passenger compartment is therefore more modern, more comfortable and also more practical. The dashboard has a double glove box, while the center console incorporates a large storage compartment and can accommodate a wireless charger. The door pockets are larger than before, and compartments are also available under and behind the second row seats. Remember that several bodies are available: single cab, extended cab and double cab. All have one thing in common, they escape the ecological malus.
Indeed, even the double cabin version normally penalized in France is not subject to the ecological malus because of its approval. Ford was one of the first on the market to homologate its pick-up with the name “flatbed truck” which, with regard to taxation, exempts it from the ecological penalty, unlike its competitors homologated as “van “.
The Raptor benefits from a specific development from Ford Performance. It is built in Thailand unlike the Ranger which is produced in South Africa alongside the Volkswagen Amarok, the new generation of which will be launched in a few months. The two manufacturers have joined forces through a partnership led by Ford. They share a modernized common base for the benefit of road behavior and the constraints of professionals.
This new base gives the Ranger a completely redesigned suspension, with new strong and lightweight aluminum arms, bump stops, and a new rear end capable of supporting heavier loads. The assembly is still linked to a ladder frame, more rigid to support heavy loads and evolve in offroad.
The Raptor gains an independent rear suspension and Fox Line Valve shock absorbers, from the competition. The bed is equipped with a new protective coating, additional tie-down points, dividers and even optional 360° lighting.
The pick-up at the Oval will be launched in France with a four-cylinder 2.0 diesel of 204 hp and a V6 petrol, taken from theExplorer. It is a 3.0 twin-turbo tuned by Ford Performance. This block announces 288 hp and a maximum torque of 491 Nm. It is coupled to a specifically calibrated 10-speed automatic transmission as well as an active exhaust whose sound varies according to four modes. The Raptor is also equipped with Fox shock absorbers which promise exceptional off-road absorption. As proof, two new modes are emerging, including one called “Jump”, calibrated to absorb the energy of a jump.
Finally, the vehicle offers up to seven driving modes suitable for rocky terrain, sand, snow, etc. The model gains a new electronically controlled two-speed transfer case, combined with front and rear differential locks. Pricing for the new Ranger has yet to be announced. The Raptor will be available to him from €65,280 including tax, equipped with the 288 hp V6.