First test in Greece: New Ford Ranger Raptor

By | May 17, 2023

The new generation of the bestial Ranger Raptor is the best “tool” for those who thirst for adventure, with its studied technical characteristics providing an unprecedented feeling of security and control to its driver.

The Ranger is the model with which the Ford it changed the way Europeans viewed pickup trucks. The creation of the Raptor version in the previous generation proved that a clean and highly capable model in this category, you can find a place in the garage of a private person who is not engaged in agricultural work or you don’t need the cargo space of the car.

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And so we learned in the old continent, what they know for years in the US, namely the high-performance sport utility trucks. Yeah, we learned it from the best and fittest in its classbecause the first generation of the model left the best impressions for the future.

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The new Ford Ranger Raptor is based on an improved version of the previous generation’s ladder frame, and the similarities between the new and old generation end there. However, the frame has received more reinforcements in key points which improve stiffness and allow the suspension to work even more correctly.

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The importance of the launch for Ford is very great, not only to demonstrate the capabilities of its engineers, but also because it performed commercially. Not without reason, we would say, as it is a very strong and capable proposition for those whose lifestyle requires them to own a vehicle that is highly mobile on all terrains. And all this, without special concessions and with all modern comforts.


The Ford Ranger Raptor is slightly larger than the previous model, which means that in urban use it will be uncomfortable. since it has the dimensions of a large and muscular SUV. Its length reaches 5.36 meters, its width slightly exceeds 2 meters and its height reaches 1.97 meters.

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We also found a small difference in the wheelbase of the new model compared to the previous one, which is a little longer and extends to 3.27 meters. Besides, according to the Ford Performance engineers who developed itthe new generation Ranger Raptor has 27 points of ground clearance and can cross a water barrier 85 centimeters high.

The new Raptor not only stands out aesthetically in its class, but also among its other versions. In addition to the greater distance from the ground, it ensures the electronically adjustable booster suspension with Fox (Live Valve) shocksThe new Ranger Raptor features redesigned bumpers, a different grille that increases intake airflow, bolder fenders that cover the 17-inch wheels with All-terrain tires with heels and double exhaust.


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All this, however, they also give great freedom of movement to the new Ford SUTthe approach, ramp and escape angles announced by the blue oval being 31 degrees, 24 degrees and 27 degrees respectively.

Regarding the characteristics that support your “professional” statusthe dimensions of the Ranger Raptor double cab body are 1.54 meters long, 1.22 meters wide (at the domes) and 53 cm high.

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In turn, the all-new interior emphasizes the adventurous off-road character of the new Ranger Raptor. The cabin includes new front and rear sport seats.which, according to Ford, are inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet and developed by its engineers and designers.

At the same time, passengers are entertained with the latest digital technology as well as in the advanced cabin. a 12.4-inch digital instrument panel dominates with endless driver information and a 12-inch center touchscreen for Ford’s next-generation SYNC 4 connectivity and entertainment system.

The cabin consists of good quality hard plastics that prove they will stand up to time and abusebut in some places we would like to have a slightly cleaner fit.


Ergonomics are quite good and driver familiarization time is short, while practicality is also increased, thanks to larger pockets for small everyday items. It is also worth noting that, dome light includes pre-wired with switches for electrical operation of future owner-installed accessories.

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With few exceptions, most of the pick-ups in the European market are diesel, which was also the case with the first generation Ranger Raptor. However, with the second generation, the range of the new Ford Ranger Raptor consists of two versions, one gasoline and one diesel.

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Both engines are advanced by Ford itself, e.g.with proper “treatment” by Ford Performance engineers. The petrol version with the 3-litre V6 EcoBoost like the car we are testing, delivers 292 hp and 491 Nm, and it seems like the ideal choice for obvious reasons. Also present in the range is the powerful 4-cylinder 2.0 EcoBlue with 210 hp and 500 Nm, which logically ensures lower average fuel consumption.


Both engine versions of the new Ranger Raptor are exclusively available with an automatic gearbox. 10-speed gearbox with the possibility of manual changes via the paddles on the steering wheel, and power is shared via a new optional all-wheel drive with transfer case and multi-disc clutch. Next to, supported by a limited slip differentialboth for the front axle (petrol) and for the rear.

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The differences between the engine versions are not only found in the absence of the front differential lock of the diesel version, with the gas engine also featuring FOX’s new electronically controlled 2.5-inch Live Valve shocks (the diesel engine has the upgraded FOX heavy-duty from the previous generation) and, of course, the requisite musical exhaust mat that suits the macho character of the new Ranger Raptor (with adjustable flaps).

In terms of performance, the new Ranger Raptor 3.0 V6 offers an unprecedented sensation to European pilots in the category, since it only takes 7.9 seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h. and its top speed is electronically limited to 180 km/h.


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the box of ten works exemplary in gear changes and in the Sport or Baja program makes them even fasteralso having the accelerator pedal in these programs a superior response.

As is easily understood, the driver has helpers andfive available management programs that intervene in the steering, engine, transmission, suspension and of course the optional all-wheel drive. Three of them are for asphalt driving (Normal, Sport and Slippery) and the other four are for off-road use (Rock crawl, Sand, Mud/Roves and Baja).

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In fact, in the Baja program intended for sports driving on hard dirt tracksas it configures the electronic systems of the new Ranger Raptor for maximum performance in fast driving, holding for 3 min. turbo rotation on the accelerator pedal, so there is no delay when the driver steps on the accelerator again.

Driving the 3-litre Ranger Raptor you feel like you are ready to conquer the world, without you having to do a thing. Surely, in urban conditions you will not feel comfortable because of its size and you will have to drive carefully, as you would with a large SUV.

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His post is one of the highlights of the topic and It offers unprecedented passenger comfort and body movement management for a car of its type.. It is completely indifferent to the terrain, and as the driver picks up the pace, it works even better.


As strange as it sounds, the Raptor is also a top commuter, always for category data. Regardless of the load, the driver will never feel any bounce and also shows very good composure even near top speed.

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Off-road, on demanding lean trails that “elevate” the Baja program, the new Ranger Raptor is in its element. The suspension function is so “magical” that you can let yourself go and pick up the rhythmliterally making acropolar crossings.

Understandably, a SUT with the features of the Ranger Raptor that will not leave you hallowed, will raise your consumption high. During the test, it sat around 18.5 lt./100 km, with increasing trends as you go. At a slower pace, you can achieve a consumption close to 15+ lt./100 km.


what you should

your new generation ford ranger raptor cannot be considered as another edition, since his multi-talented athleticism is beyond category and “play” in the market alone.

Its versatile character offers comfort, performance, the best road characteristics and endless off-road possibilities, in an impressively complete package that is also capable of attracting potential buyers from other categories (see SUV).

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And if the 72,336 euros that the gasoline version of the new Ranger Raptor costs seems a lot to some, they should consider that it has, among other things the best performance components on the market and the racing experience of Ford Performanceelements that, after all, not only “perform”, but also seem to be offered at a reasonable price.

Engine: 2,956 cc petrol, 292 PS/5,500 rpm, 491 Nm/2,300 rpm
Transmission: 10-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
performances: 7.9 min. 0-100 km/h, 180 km/h top speed
Consumption-CO2 emissions: 13.8l/100km, 315g/km
Dimensions (Length/Width/Height): 5360/2028/1926mm, 3270mm wheelbase
Weight: 2,555kg
cart dimensions: 1,564/1,224/529mm.
Useful load: 652kg
Price: From 68,970 euros (from 37,462 euros the range)

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