There’s never been anything like it in Malaysia – at least not officially built and sold by an authorised distributor. We’re talking about the Ford Ranger Raptor, the mean machine that is Malaysia’s first and only premium performance pick-up truck.
Though having a startling price of around RM200,000 (Peninsular Malaysia registration without insurance), there’s been no shortage of takers, we’ve been told. Purchasers are not necessarily hardcore off-roaders but appreciate the standard fitment of the high-performance parts offer which extend the already superior capabilities of the normal Ranger.
High performance parts
The Ranger Raptor comes equipped with FOX Racing Shox dampers which deliver 30% more-wheel travel compared to Ranger, and is calibrated to tackle tough terrain at top speeds. The toughened chassis sits on race-bred suspension to take on the worst terrain.
Extra-wide all-terrain tyres come standard and along with 283 mm of ground clearance to drive over rocky uneven surfaces plus the ability to cross water 850 mm deep, this Ford appears unstoppable.
The brawny looks ensure that the Ranger Raptor stand out from everything else on the road and the turbodiesel engine with twin turbochargers generates up to 213 ps/500 Nm to take the truck well ahead of everyone else too.
Black or white – your choice
When it was launched, the Ranger Raptor came with a choice of two colours – Lightning Blue and Conquer Grey. From this month onwards, customers have two more choices – Absolute Black or Arctic White.
The new colours will be on vehicles displayed at the upcoming Carsifu Auto Show 2019 which will be on at MidValley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur from April 3 – 7 2019.
Also on display will be the Ranger Wildtrak, priced from RM144,888 with 4×4 and RM10,000 less without 4×4. Like the Raptor, the Wildtrak 4×4 variant also has Ford’s 2-litre turbodiesel engine with twin turbochargers and puts out the same 213 ps/500 Nm. It is also coupled with an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission for strong low-end torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive.
There are special offers for visitors who go to the event at MidValley Megamall. Customers who book the Ranger Raptor will each receive a limited edited Ranger Raptor bomber jacket and Car Air Purifier, while up to RM6,000 cash rebate will be offered for the Ranger Wildtrak.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can still view and test-drive the latest Ranger models at Ford showrooms nationwide. Visit www.sdacford.com.my for the nearest location.