As given in the title, Thailand is officially the market for the latest good stuff of Ford: the 2019 Ranger Raptor that has been circulating the internet months ago, and the earlier-spied 2019 new-face Ranger.
We all saw it roaming the streets of Rayong in Thailand in January 2018, and now it’s finally and officially out in the Thailand market. The spy shots revealed a much simpler front bumper, revamped chrome grille, HID headlights and daytime running lamps (DRL), and a ‘Limited’ badge on the sides. There were no immediate follow-up information around that time so we were all left hanging loosely in mid-air.
However, it’s about time we get properly introduced with the 2019 Ranger. Say goodbye to speculations, we’ve got here the official specs fresh from the brand’s Thailand site.
Opposite to what was thought of by Thai bloggers back then, there are changes inside the engine bay. Gone is the 3.2L 5-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, and now comes a 2.0L bi-turbo plant. Though this is much smaller than the one it replaces, the new engine is 10 hp stronger than the ousted 3.2L powerplant. The new power output for the 2.0 Bi-Turbo Ranger variant is 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque.
Aside from the bi-turbo engine is the 2.0L Turbo Diesel engine with 178 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Both 2.0L turbo and bi-turbo engines promise improved fuel efficiency so expect to a more generous Ranger. The higher displacement 2.2L TDCI Turbo Diesel is still available as well. It has a power rating of 158 hp and 385 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, the locally available 6-speed transmission is a little match against the Thai-spec 10-speed gearbox. According to Ford Thailand, this is far more durable and efficient, aside from the obvious fact that it delivers more power, torque, and smooth gear transitions.
Apart from the new engine, there’s a new feature on the 2019 Ranger to make loading even easier. It’s the EZ Lift Tailgate function so you won’t have to flex those muscles in bringing up the tailgate. In addition, the 2019 Ranger Limited variant inherits safety features from the Wildtrak and FX4 like the Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, SYNC 3 entertainment system, and rearview camera.
Meanwhile, flooded roads won’t stop you if you are to ride the Ranger, as it has an 800mm wading depth. This is designed to support its maximum payload capacity of 1,179 kg. And, thanks to its capable lineup of 2.0 turbo, 2.0 bi-turbo, and 2.2 turbo diesel engines, the 2019 Ranger achieves a 3,500 kg max towing capability. Give it the extra 4x4 shift-on-the-fly of the all-wheel variant and nothing would be a problem.
If you’re wondering when this is going to hit the Philippine market, Ford Philippines has yet to confirm. Will it be launched alongside the Ranger Raptor? It would be heaven if it does. For now, let’s stay in high hopes until Ford Philippines spills out its word. Ah, we still have our eyes locked on that F-350 Mega Raptor, and hasn’t moved on yet.