Ford Drops Full Off-Road Specs For Euro-Spec 2019 Ranger Raptor

Following a rather unconventional preview at Gamescom 2018, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor now gets a proper auto show debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover.

Ford is using this occasion to unleash full details about the off-road capability of its midsize performance pickup, so let’s delve into what the first-ever Ranger Raptor brings new to the table.

The 210-hp Raptor offers 283 mm (11.1 inches) of ground clearance, 56 mm (2.2 in) more than the stock Ranger. Add to that the 32.5-degree approach angle and 24-degree ramp-over and departure angles, and you get a pretty good idea of what the Raptor can do off the beaten track.

For those moments in which you feel like you might exceed the truck’s capabilities, there’s unique underbody protection designed to deflect off-road obstacles. In addition to the Ranger’s standard engine and transfer case under-shields, the automaker has added a new bash plate made from 23-mm (0.9-inch) thick high-strength steel.

Also contributing to the truck’s ruggedness is the reinforced chassis frame that uses high-strength, low-alloy steels designed to withstand the stress brought by off-road racing. Compared to the standard Ranger, the Raptor has a 150-mm (5.9-in) wider track, and a suspension created to tackle “fearsome terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort.”

The Fox shock absorbers with 46.6-mm (1.83-in) pistons and Position Sensitive Damping, as well as the rear coilover setup with Watts linkage, help increase front damper travel by 32 percent and rear travel by 18 percent compared to the standard Ranger.

All this sophisticated hardware is controlled by the Terrain Management System which offers six modes. There’s Normal mode, Sport mode for spirited on-road driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, Mud/Sand mode, Rock mode, and Baja mode. The latter tunes responses for high-speed off-road performance.

Despite its off-road prowess, the Raptor remains a true workhorse: it can tow 2,500 kg (5,511 lb) thanks to a modified rear bumper with integrated tow bar, and it has a 1,560 mm (61.4 in) by 1,743 mm (68.6 in) load tray. Furthermore, two front recovery hooks are able to shift up to 4,500 kg (9,921 lb), while the two at the rear are rated at 3,800 kg (8377 lb).

Ford will start selling the Ranger Raptor in Europe in mid-2019.

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  • joeybuttafucco

    somebody please invent an emoji for drooling!

  • ace_9

    I wonder what people buying such car in europe are thinking. There is hardly any terrain where it is necessary to use such a vehicle, many roads in towns are too narrow and it cannot be pleasant to drive it in a city. It is also impossible to park it in standard spaces in car parks (especially underground ones) or even on the street. And it also makes no sense on standard roads and highways. But I’m looking forward to see how many people with too much money to spare we have here 🙂

    • GPFan

      Actually due to its long travel suspension and reduced payload it’s a better cruiser than the standard Ranger workhorse

      • ace_9

        I agree, but it still does not make sense for normal driving. It is too big for towns, not very economical and at highway speeds, probably not as comfortable or quiet as SUVs or other types of cars in similar price range. Pickup is also not very practical for common europeans. That’s why such cars are very rare in Europe.

        • SgtBeavis

          I’m speaking from ignorance here, but thought small trucks like this were somewhat common in Europe. Obviously not as common as in Texas but still common enough to be seen regularly.

          • ace_9

            No, no, very far from it. At least in the middle and western europe. Vans in various sizes and sometimes estates are usually used for cargo. Pick-ups are very rare. For us, the ford raptor is also far from a “small” truck 🙂 But of course, some trucks can still be seen, but they are usually japanese (nissan, mitsubishi, toyota) and they are very rarely nice and new. However, on highways and roads outside of towns, I would say that only 0.1 % of all cars are trucks. Probably even less…

          • Anders Gustav

            They are practical and popular here in rural Norway and Sweden.

          • ace_9

            Yes, that’s why I mentioned that I’m talking about middle and western europe. Northern states are less populated, the conditions are more rough, but common people also have more money for such cars, because of good economic situation 🙂

          • TheHake

            And that SUCKS.

        • Sébastien

          In some counties they get popular because pickup are less subject to taxes (eg. In France you’d pay less than for any decent SUV)

          • ace_9

            Then it might make sense on the countryside. We will see.

    • TheHake

      There is public transport in the cities. But there are PLENTY of places in Germany, France, Spain and Italy where this truck will be great to have.

      • ace_9

        Sure, I’m not saying, it would be totally unusable. But I sometimes see big, expensive and nice trucks in cities, where they look ridiculous cramped in tight parking spaces or navigating narrow city streets. They also don’t make much sense for daily commute. Especially on highway. That’s why they are not that common, even if some people could use them. They rather choose something more sensible. But I admit, that if I would own a big house and wouldn’t have to worry about the running costs and overall cost of such car, I would also at least consider it. But I think I would look a little bit ridiculous 😀 I’m not a big guy.

      • HandsomeTeddyBear

        I’m from Spain, I can tell you right now this car is far from suitable here, like don’t even think about going inside a city or a town, parking spots are hard to find even for a Fiat 500. There’s like even special small garbage trucks and fire trucks made for the old town narrow streets.. Me driving around in a Renault Megane found myself having to close mirrors to avoid lateral collision in some streets, finally bought myself a motorcycle xD

    • Ken Lyns

      Curbs, speed bumps, and potholes effectively don’t exist with this truck. So it makes more sense than most supercars on European streets… And this one can haul the occasional fridge or washing machine.

  • SteersUright

    Why is it always so awesome to see a truck jump?
    Anyhow, it looks like it bottoms out quite a bit in that video for some reason. The interior is leagues ahead of the grossness found inside the Colorado ZR2, another cool truck. Hope to see this soon in the US. Would love it if they could make something this offload capable but the size of a Focus or so. For us city dwellers who love and appreciate the best offroad vehicles out there, even the Colorado and Ranger are too long to park anywhere easily.

    • TheHake

      Because it’s AWESOME.

  • TheBelltower

    Ford is going to sell every one of these that they can possibly build.

  • TheHake

    I NEED one of these in my life. Unfortunately, in this communist country, there is no way of affording one, 🙁 It will be taxed so high that it won’t even be available here.

    • ace_9

      Where do you live? I’m asking because I also live in one of the old communist countries – Slovakia. But we for sure have a hard capitalism now, mixed with some healthy dosage of corruption, government greed, etc. the usual stuff for developing countries 🙂
      And I agree about the prices. Nice cars costing around $25k in US have prices starting from 30k€ here. And when we compare salaries, then it looks even more crazy.

      • TheHake

        I live in the Netherlands. One of the NEW communist countries. Here, all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others…

  • adbt20

    Anyone else thinks this is a STUPID engine for the Ranger Raptor?

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