KUALA LUMPUR: Due to popular demand from local Ford Ranger Raptor fans, the rugged pick-up truck will soon be equipped with a 2.0-litre bi-turbodiesel engine.
Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia, said the diesel version of the Ranger Raptor will be available starting June 8.
On Oct 7 last year, SDAC introduced the petrol variant of the Ranger Raptor featuring a 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo EcoBoost engine that cranks out 392hp and 593Nm of torque.
The new bi-turbodiesel Ranger Raptor will come with the same bold, high-energy exterior and interior styling, integrated technologies, and advanced safety features similar to that of the V6 twin-turbo Ranger Raptor.
In conjunction with its launch, the first 300 bookings of the bi-turbodiesel Ranger Raptor will come specially fitted with the Kenwood DRV-A700W dashcam system, which features a Wide-Quad HD (WQHD, 3.7MP) front camera and Full HD (FHD, 1080p) rear camera for dual-channel recording.
It is equipped with a three-axis G-Sensor designed to detect a collision and a built-in wireless smartphone link for easy management of recorded videos and dashcam settings.
The built-in GPS receiver automatically records driving information and location tracking, while the polarised filter allows for more vivid and clearer images.
Designed and engineered as the ultimate Ranger model with Ford’s Performance DNA at its core, the Ranger Raptor has exceeded expectations, setting new benchmarks as the only factory-built performance truck for high-speed off-roading.
The latest milestone is the vehicle’s successful completion of last year’s gruelling SCORE International Baja 1000 in Mexico which is said to be one of the toughest off-road endurance races in the world.
The Ranger Raptor used in the race was from the production line of the same factory in Thailand that builds all the Rangers and Ranger Raptors.
Completing the course in 26 hours and 21 minutes, the Baja-race-prepared Ranger Raptor was the only entrant in the stock mid-class category, which is designed to showcase the capability of stock road-legal trucks.
This means the only modifications made were to meet race safety regulations.
All other engineering and design aspects are the same as every Ranger Raptor coming straight off the production floor, including the engine, transmission, suspension and driveline.
SDAC-Ford managing director Turse Zuhair said the company had received requests for different drivetrains after the V6 Ranger Raptor was launched locally last year.
“We are responding by adding the formidable, tried and tested 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel engine variant to offer another ownership option for Raptor lovers and other high-speed off-roading enthusiasts,” he said.
The bi-turbodiesel Ranger Raptor will be available for the public to experience in conjunction with its official launch at MRANTI Open Space, West Entrance (formerly known as Technology Park Malaysia) from June 9 to 11.
The location was selected to provide a test-drive experience covering different terrains of tarmac, dirt and rocky surfaces.
The vehicle will also be going on tour with the Ford Experience Hub to the northern and southern regions of Peninsular Malaysia, in addition to Sabah and Sarawak.
To keep updated on schedules and locations of the bi-turbodiesel Ranger Raptor and Ford Experience Hub tour, visit the Ford Experience Hub webpage.
The first 300 bookings will enjoy an additional RM500 discount on a Ford Ranger Getaways, which can be redeemed upon vehicle delivery.
Other customers who made early bookings at the official launch event at MRANTI from June 9 to 11 will also get an exclusive Raptor Winter Vest upon vehicle delivery.
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