Forget everything that you think you know about the Pick-up world! The Ford Ranger Raptor is set to leave tongues wagging as it debuts in Uganda. Described as the ‘ultimate Adventure Pick-up’, the Ranger Raptor according to Mr. Richard Musani, the Brand Manager Ford Uganda, has been designed with the latest technology to tackle any driving obstacle both on and off-road.
“The Ranger Raptor is powered by a 2.0litre Bi-turbo engine that delivers 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque and a 10-speed automatic gearbox,” Musani said. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor’s unique, super-strong reinforced chassis frame uses high-strength, low-alloy steels to endure all driving obstacles.
The Ranger Raptor also features unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thickness high-strength steel in addition to the Ranger’s standard engine and transfer case under-shields.
The interior features state-of-the -artcraftsmanship, bright colours and durable materials. The bolstered seats are specially designed for off-road high-speed support with a dual-firmness cushion for ultimate comfort and suede-effect materials for enhanced grip. Blue stitching and leather accents feature throughout. Lightweight, racing-style magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changes are easily accessible near the perforated leather hand grips of the bespoke steering wheel, which uses an on-centre marker to help drivers keep track of wheel position off-road, and is embossed with the Raptor logo.
The Ranger Raptor allows drivers to select from six Terrain Management System modes to tackle a wide range of terrain and driving scenarios, including; Normal Mode for comfort and fuel economy, Sport Mode for spirited on-road driving, Grass/Gravel for safe driving on off-road slippery and uneven surfaces, Mud/Sand mode for optimum traction and momentum in deep, deformable surfaces like loose sand and mud, Rock mode for low-speed rocky terrain where smooth controllability is key and Baja mode for high-speed off-road performance. Each mode can be selected via a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel.
Driver assistance and safety technologies that boost confidence for drivers include an enhanced version of Ford Stability Control incorporating Roll Mitigation Function; and Electronic Stability Control; Trailer Sway Control; Hill Start Assist; Hill Descent Control; and Load Adaptive Control.
Other advanced technologies that make the new Ranger Raptor ‘a King’ on- or off-road include Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, which enables drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and features SYNC AppLink for voice-activation of a range of smartphone apps. The system’s central 8-inch colour touchscreen can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures, and features sat-nav technology that comes into its own when off-roading in remote locations, even offering a “breadcrumb” feature to leave a trail when exploring unknown areas.
Ford Ranger Pick-up trucks and SUVs are distributed in Uganda by the Cooper Motor Corporation (CMC) in Nakawa.