If you think about it, a pick-up truck sounds like the best vehicle given our country’s weather, urban layout, and laborious projects
There’s this specific video clip my father loves to share with his circle of fellow car enthusiasts. It’s a dashboard camera footage recorded a couple of years ago of my father on the way home after purchasing new appliances. It was the height of the monsoon season, but not a single drop fell that day. But of a sudden, in a situation we’re all too familiar with, a downpour ensued. Cars started to line up behind a flood near waist level. Most wouldn’t dare cross, but not my father. That’s what made the clip worth sharing—bystanders looked on as one successfully crosses the deep. The vehicle my dad was driving: a Ford Ranger.
Those are the conditions we have to deal with living in the Philippines. When the sun shines, it gets searing hot. But when it rains, it pours. Not to mention how most routes between urban and rural areas aren’t highways—cracked-up cement roads, dirt paths that can become mud, and every terrain in between. Yes, traversing through these unpredictable conditions and circumstances can be a challenge, but it’s nothing a Ford pick-up can’t handle.
If you think about it, a pick-up truck sounds like a practical aid for these situations. Pick-up trucks have always been built to dominate. For the ultimate machine, look no further than the new Ford Ranger Raptor. We’ve rounded up reasons as to why the Ford Ranger Raptor has the performance and versatility to handle what most can’t.
Brave the storms
What must you possess to take on any weather condition (aside from courage, of course)? On the outside, the Ford Ranger Raptor boasts an ultra-tough frame to protect you from the elements. Its 2.3mm thick high-strength steel bash plate underneath can ease your worries of those gut-wrenching bumps and scratches. But on the inside, expect the finest build quality and comfort with body-contoured sports seats lined with unique Raptor stitching on the steering wheel, soft top instrument panel, leather-wrapped shifter, and floor mats.
While most vehicles can withstand around 200 mm of water, the Ford Ranger Raptor’s class-leading 800 mm water wading capacity allows you to even cross rivers. Plus, the Ford Premium Care made available with the Ford Ranger Raptor at no additional cost. That means an Extended Warranty of 5 years (or 150,000 kms, whichever comes first), a Scheduled Service Plan for up to 5 years (or 50,000 kms, whichever comes first), and a 24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance service. No condition will be too tough to handle.
Tackle all terrain—and we mean all
It is worth noting that this pick-up truck isn’t all brute force. Yes, at its core, a 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine delivers 213ps of power and 500nm of torque to pull a high-strength steel chassis designed to absorb almost any impact on the road. But this machine also features a smart Terrain Management System that offers 6 pre-set driving modes for conquering all kinds of terrain. 2.5-inch FOX Racing Shocks offer race-bred suspension, and with the standard 33-inch All Terrain Tires right from the get-go, you can travel to places even the roads don’t take you.
No more worrying if you can pass through a certain area with the Ranger Raptor. So whether you’re travelling through asphalt national highways, pothole-lined roads left forgotten, or no roads at all, grab onto the wheel and put on some light jazz music with voice commands powered by SYNC 3.
Does all the heavy lifting for you
If you find yourself crossing the boundaries of Metro Manila to deliver important goods, or on a crucial mission that will take you to parts unknown, control your drive with the Ford Ranger Raptor’s comprehensive Electronic Stability Program, designed to help you maintain control in the toughest off-road conditions and when hauling heavy loads. Programmed for your ease-of-mind are Rollover Mitigation, Hill Launch Assist, and Hill Descent Control.
Aside from these fresh-from-the-factory features, the Ford Ranger Raptor this year comes with new features at no additional cost: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping System for road safety, as well as LED Headlamps and High Mount USB Port for convenience. That means you, your passengers, and that large load at the pick-up bed won’t be in harm’s way.
These days, we cannot be fully prepared for the future. But we can, at the very least, have the best tools and tricks at our disposal. Be prepared for the unpredictable with the Ford Ranger Raptor. Learn more about this Ford super truck on their website. For more information and future promotions, follow Ford on Facebook and Instagram.