Beyond the exhilarating performance and encompassing exterior design, the Ford Ranger Raptorsports a comfortable cabin with a generous amount of toys and notable material quality. At almost P2-million, the performance pickup truck is pegged to exceed expectations even with its overall cabin amenities – but can it?
Let’s take a closer look at what the Ranger Raptor could offer with its P1,998,000 price tag.
We can’t deny that the Ford Ranger Raptor has inherited the Ranger Wildtrak’s cabin design, and it’s a good thing. In its range-topping trim, the Ranger offers all the best in the world in terms of materials used, build quality, and design execution – and that has been improved further in the Raptor, mind you.
The leather seats in the Ranger Raptor has cloth inserts, which is proven to be a useful design in a pickup truck that you would be toying around with. They keep your butts in place and as a bonus, it cools quickly even when you’ve parked your car under the sun for hours. I also like how the Ranger Raptor’s gauge clusters look, as they veered away from the cluttered design of the normal Ranger.
Other improvements can be seen on the plastics, which has been replaced with a polymer with an anodized iron finish. It toughens out the charisma of the whole dashboard, plus the fact that it’s indeed a Ranger Raptor that you’re driving.
The Ranger Raptor also has the same relatively spacious interior of the Wildtrak – five of me could fit quite snugly inside, and I’m standing 5’6” with medium built. Those who are bigger than me would need to understand that this is a pickup truck, so there isn’t much flexibility in terms of space. At least there’s a 230V socket – we can still make mobile rice-cooking a thing.
Cargo: Leaving the Workhorse Segment
The addition of Fox long-travel racing suspensions makes the Ranger Raptor a behemoth on fast off-road driving. However, it also takes the Ranger Raptor out of the workhorse segment, albeit, not completely.
While towing capacity is at a very high 2,500 kg if you’re pulling from behind, but pulling in reverse would mean half of that. The clincher, however, is 766-kg payload capacity of the 1,234-liter rear bed – a huge decrement from the 1,120 kg capacity of the Ranger Wildtrak. So, if you’re buying the Ranger Raptor to haul heavy cargo for your business, you might want to rethink your intentions. After all, the Ranger Raptor is a sports truck.