Perhaps an interesting review to come, MINE! I got to drive the full range of Rangers (and the Everest too) yesterday, as well as have a ride in a Production spec Ranger Raptor. I am not able to discuss the Raptor or the Everest yet, as these vehicles are under embargo. But I can give a few things on the Ranger lineup, especially things that will carry over to the US such as the interior etc.
Hey Mate, this isn't correct. The most aggressive throttle maps are in Baja and Sport, but you get all 292 kW in all drive modes if you floor it. The throttle maps are just more soft in other modes.The only thing a tad annoying which a tune will fix is max power is only in baja mode - which auto locks both diffs making it a pain when you are in suburban streets with roundabouts etc.
Love it! thanks for posting.Saturday I picked up my next gen raptor.
I've always wanted a Raptor but diesel's just don't do it for me. I've always been a petrol turbo bloke with the like of high performance engines in the Falcon XR6 turbos, FPV F6's etc.
Coming from Aussie falcons, the build quality is so much better. The plastics through to the soft "suede" dash and door trim is a nice touch. I was weary about the sound system as our fords have always been pathetic in this area. It didnt disappoint, good clarity and bass for the stock system.
The only options here are colour, bead lock wheels and the sticker kit. I opted for Arctic White. Glad I went that way as the features of the car pop out.
The interior screen and dash is of good quality/definition as well as the numerous settings that you can play around with. It feels luxurious.
The tiptronic and 10 speed auto respond well.
The door opener location in the door handle is well placed, I was sure I was going to find this a little uncomfortable to open but it works well.
The matrix headlights are a great addition, great clarity and the high beam has a decent amount of distance.
The only thing a tad annoying which a tune will fix is max power is only in baja mode - which auto locks both diffs making it a pain when you are in suburban streets with roundabouts etc. The upgraded fox shocks are awesome - I cannot wait to test them out more thoroughly as well as other driving modes like rock crawl.
I'm sure I will find more as time progresses but first impressions after I've only put ~250 klm on it so far however from first drives this is a great car.
Waiting lists here are now 11-12 months, very glad I got in early.
Not light vehicles since Toyota, Ford and Holden left. Ford's design centre still operates (this Ranger was designed and engineered in Melbourne), and their prototyping facility still operates too.Truly interesting. Built in Thailand as I recall - any vehicle manufacturing in Australia at all now?
I retired from DTNA and we shipped complete RHD Freightliners out of Charleston, SC (mostly) and, on occasion, Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL - this included 'knock down kits' too.Not light vehicles since Toyota, Ford and Holden left. Ford's design centre still operates (this Ranger was designed and engineered in Melbourne), and their prototyping facility still operates too.
But heavy vehicles are built here, with Volvo/Mack, PACCAR Kenworth/DAF to name a couple, as well as military vehicle manufacturing.