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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor. Photo: Supplied

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Alex Rae | Apr, 04 2018 | 0 Comments

The Ford Ranger Raptor is likely to cost about $85,000 when it lands in Australia later this year.

Following on from its global reveal in February, the Ranger Raptor has made its public debut at the Bangkok motor show this week and Ford Thailand has confirmed pricing in its home market.

The new Baja-style ute is priced from 1,699,000 Thai Baht or $70,875 Australian dollars.

But the Thai-built Ford Ranger costs around 20 per cent less in its country of origin compared to Australian-delivered vehicles, regardless of trim level.

The current top-spec Wildtrack 4x4 with automatic transmission costs the equivalent of $50,000 in Thailand but $61,790 (plus on-road costs) in Oz, a mark-up after import and costs of over 20 per cent.

The entry-level single cab XL 4x2 with manual transmission costs $23,000 in Thailand but starts from $29,190 here, also an increase of just over 20 per cent.

It would make it significantly more expensive than the recently unveiled Holden Colorado Sportscat+ by HSV rival which is priced from $68,990, but justifying some of that cost are a raft of changes including an all-new 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 157kW and 500Nm through a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Though some might lambaste the smaller engine compared to V6 rivals, Ford says the Raptor is about the balance of athleticism and power.

Taking inspiration from the F-150 the suspension has been modified and the rear converted by Ford Performance to a Watt’s link setup for greater travel that fits bespoke Fox Racing Shox dampers all-around.

A 150mm wider track hosts new 17-inch alloy wheels with 285mm wide and 70mm profile BF Goodrich rubber in front of 332mm large brake rotors on all four hubs and 9.5mm wider twin-piston callipers.

Tuned driving modes include sport and normal for the road, as well as rock, grass, gravel, snow, mud and sand for off-road driving. A new Baja mode is specially tuned for high-speed off-road performance that Ford says is ‘just like drivers in the famous Baja Desert Rally need’.

Outside are various body kit and trim additions to differentiate the new toughest ute in the Ranger line-up that is finished in either its hero Lightning blue colour or grey, red, black and white paint.

Inside also sees special Raptor trim and a sportier steering wheel with 12 o’clock racing marker.

Australian dealers are already taking orders but Ford is yet to announce local pricing, though based on Thai pricing it is likely to be from about $85,000 plus on-road costs.

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