Ford to pre­view Rap­tor soon

Eyethu Baywatch - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Are­port from Aus­tralia is claim­ing that Ford will un­veil a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Ranger Rap­tor in Thai­land on 7 Fe­bru­ary.

Ac­cord­ing to carad­, the Rap­tor, which will be built in SA as part of a fur­ther R3-bil­lion in­vest­ment at the Blue Oval’s Sil­ver­ton Plant near Pre­to­ria, will fea­ture more ag­gres­sive styling and a num­ber of tweaks un­der­neath the skin, most no­tably a Watts rear link­age, coil spring sus­pen­sion and in­crease in ride height.

While a petrol-pow­ered Rap­tor is re­port­edly in the works for North Amer­ica as part of the Ranger’s model re­launch, a twin turbo-charged ver­sion of the 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbo-diesel en­gine pow­er­ing the facelifted Tran­sit, will pro­vide mo­ti­va­tion in the ma­jor­ity of in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, mated to 10-speed au­to­matic gear­box co-de­vel­oped with Gen­eral Mo­tors.

Across the globe there seems to be a healthy de­mand for ‘su­per bakkies’.

Lo­cally the V8 Amarok is in high de­mand and Mercedes-Benz sits with a long or­der list for the X-Class.

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