The new Ford Ranger Raptor’s covers have been taken off and it’s got everyone’s attention. Like the F-150 Raptor before it, it has been extensively developed, factory-built and factory-warranted. It’s the off-road performance truck you’ve been waiting for and Ford means business. Looks that thrill With pumped front and rear guards house wider tracks at both ends and bespoke alloy wheels wrapped in off-road tyres, the new Raptor certainly looks the business. An imposing new grille adds to the rugged look and is set to take everything nature can throw at it. A two-stage powder and grit process on the running boards ensures high-level protection from scratches and stains while extra under-body protection helps to keep expensive components from damage. Colour choices of Conquer Grey, Frozen White, Lightening Blue, Race Red and Shadow Black guarantees everyone’s aesthetics will be satisfied. Throw in lightening blue stitching, leather-accents and a heated leather steering wheel and it’s a beast that won’t be confused for anything else. Proven performance The more aggressive look isn’t just for show. Those new alloy wheels hide larger brakes and suspension is now replete with Fox Racing Shox for significantly improved control and capability off road. Ahead of the new 10-speed auto transmission is an equally-new 2.0lt bi-turbo diesel engine, generating 157kW of power and a whopping 500Nm of torque, allowing for improved performance across a greater range of conditions. Driver assist tech like Terrain Management, trailer sway control and roll-over mitigation are all included and recalibrated to help ensure safety. Intelligent tech A reverse camera is standard, along with an 8.0-inch touchscreen enabled SYNC 3 infotainment system complete with voice control, sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity. An Intelligent Access key with remote start is included, along with the EZ Lift Tailgate which Ford claims reduces your lifting effort by 66%. According to Ford’s Performance Chief Engineer, Jamal Hameedi, it’s a motocross bike and ATV rolled into a pick-up truck and will be a unique offering in the Australian market when available in the latter half of 2018. Coming to a showroom near you You can expect to see the new Raptor in showrooms late in the second half of 2018. Prices haven’t yet been released but are expected to hover around $80,000. Watch this space for more details.