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FORD has slapped a $74,990 (man­u­fac­turer’s list price) price tag on the hotly an­tic­i­pated Ranger Rap­tor, to woo would-be pun­ters. The ute will run a 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel four-cylin­der en­gine ca­pa­ble of 156kw and 500Nm, which will be backed by a 10-speed au­to­matic adapted from the F150.

“We’re un­be­liev­ably ex­cited and de­lighted to be able to con­firm that the Ranger Rap­tor is com­ing to Aus­tralia in 2018,” said Graeme Whick­man, pres­i­dent and CEO of Ford Aus­tralia. “The re­sponse to our an­nounce­ment in Septem­ber, and the in­ter­est from the global re­veal back in Fe­bru­ary to bring it to mar­ket at such a sharp price only adds to the an­tic­i­pa­tion ahead of its ar­rival in lo­cal show­rooms.”

The Rap­tor has a lock­ing rear diff, low- and high-range 4WD, and a six­mode Ter­rain Man­age­ment Sys­tem that fea­tures Baja mode for spiked offroad per­for­mance. Off-road cre­den­tials ex­tend to long travel Fox sus­pen­sion, alu­minium up­per and lower con­trol arms, heavy-duty skid plates, wider front and rear tracks, in­creased ride height and ap­proach and de­par­ture an­gles, and an 850mm wad­ing depth.

Ranger Rap­tor is set to launch in Q3 this year.

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