This Rap­tor looks the part

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Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

ord s much-an­tic­i­pated Ranger Rap­tor high-per­for­mance bakkie is due to go on sale in SA in the se­cond quar­ter of 2019, at a price still to be an­nounced.

The Rap­tor fea­tures a re­in­forced chas­sis sup­ported by com­pletely dif­fer­ent front and rear sus­pen­sion com­pared to the standard Ranger.

Up front this unique Ford Per­for­mance model is equipped with heavy-duty springs and sturdy alu­minium up­per and lower con­trol arms in place of the welded steel units of the standard Ranger.

At the rear, the Rap­tor fea­tures a mul­ti­link solid rear axle with Watt’s link­age that has more in com­mon with the setup em­ployed on the Ever­est SUV than the nor­mal Ranger.

Mo­tor­sport-de­rived Po­si­tion Sen­si­tive Damp­ing Fox shocks are used, along with huge ven­ti­lated disc brakes all round.

Ac­com­mo­dat­ing the Ranger Rap­tor’s long-travel sus­pen­sion, 150mm wider track, 168mm wider body and much big­ger tyres re­quired sig­nif­i­cant up­grades at nu­mer­ous points

Fa­long the assem­bly line.

There are about 350 parts that are unique to the Ranger Rap­tor, which adds a lot of com­plex­ity to the line.

One of the big­gest up­dates for the 2019 Ford Ranger and Ever­est will be the launch of the new-gen­er­a­tion four-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel en­gines, in­clud­ing the ad­vanced 157kW and 500Nm biturbo unit that, paired with a new 10-speed au­to­matic gear­box, will power the Ranger Rap­tor and se­lected Ranger and Ever­est mod­els.

The ex­ist­ing Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gines, in 2.2l four-cylin­der and 3.2l five-cylin­der guises, are also fit­ted on the assem­bly line.

The Rap­tor looks the part with its el­e­vated ground clear­ance, huge all-ter­rain BF Goodrich tyres and bold black grille, along with the black wheel-arch flares. It comes with a five-mode Ter­rain Man­age­ment Sys­tem of­fer­ing two road and four of­froad set­tings.

THERE ARE ABOUT 350 PARTS THAT ARE

A Ranger Rap­tor fresh off the assem­bly line is driven over a rough-road course to check for rat­tles. Left: Ford’s Sil­ver­ton plant churns out about 530 Ranger bakkies and Ever­est SUVs ev­ery day.

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