After the second generation, Ford Ranger debuted in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) has cranked up a notch by introducing the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor here. The Ranger Raptor, just like its predecessor, represents the highest spec out of the Thai-produced, American pickup truck.
Perhaps the most striking design in the new Ford Ranger Raptor is its boxy, retro futuristic-like design. In contrast, the previous generation of the Ranger Raptor had more well-rounded proportions. Notably on the front of the truck and its silhouette.
The most apparent difference between the new and old models is the massive grille which houses Ford’s logo spelled out in big blocked lettering. The headlights in the new Ranger Raptor have ditched the traditional headlights and opted for a “C-bracketed” design, possibly to accommodate the brand-new grille. Onto the bumpers, a pair of fog lights are fitted to the lower left and right along with a skid plate in the middle, similar to the previous generation.
For those who praised the previous generation that had overly aggressive motifs, Ford isn’t holding back for this generation. The offroad-ready pickup truck still retains its signature oversized black, plastic flared wheel arches. This design extends its way from the front wheels before going underneath the doors which doubles as a pedestal for passengers. Then, it goes back up and ends at the rear wheels. This design is also present on the lower-spec Rangers of the same generation, but on the Ranger Raptor spec, it gets pumped with steroids. For those looking to identify a real Ranger Raptor on the streets, look out for its signature flared wheel arches.
Ford has also beefed up the rear of the truck too. Gone were the standard, three-cubed style taillights and a plain flat tailgate. The new Ranger Raptor has hit the gym as seen from the two-toned bulked tailgate along with M-shaped taillights. If that isn’t enough, it even has Ranger spelled out in bold, imprinted on the lower part of the tailgate to flaunt.
Engine and Performance
Ford’s ace-in-the-hole in this new Ranger Raptor is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine that dishes out a whopping 397 PS and 583 Nm of torque. Nested in between the chassis is a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends that power to all four wheels. This makes the current generation the most powerful Ranger Raptor to date.
In contrast, the previous generation of Ranger Raptor only had a four-cylinder, bi-turbo diesel engine omitting 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque running on the same 10-speed automatic transmission. Similarly to the previous generation of the Ranger Raptor, it retains the same FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve Internal Bypass shock absorbers that adapt themselves to the terrain.
For an off-road-ready truck, Ford didn’t try to compromise the interior for passenger comfort. It still retains its signature black-orange two-toned leather interior. Onto the driver’s seat, you’ll be greeted by a 2.4-inch digital instrument cluster with various displays for driving modes. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also present in this Ranger Raptor thanks to its 12-inch Ford Sync 4 Infotainment touchscreen. You can blast Welcome to the Jungle by Guns & Roses with its Bang & Olufsen Sound System built into the truck.
If you’re feeling frisky, there are six up fitter switches located near the rearview mirror to activate any retrofitted feature like lightbars or fog lamps for off-roading. The truck bed also has a power adapter for 12V or 230V applications.
Safety-wise, there isn’t much to shout about with its seven airbags, traction control, ABS, and power steering. Active safety comes bog standard in this generation.
Now that we’re done talking about the brand-new Raptor, how does this dinosaur of a truck hold up against its predecessor?
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