Unboxing the 2018 Ranger Raptor

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While the Philippines and the rest of the world gets to play with the Ranger Raptor, we’ll have to settle for this two-minute unboxing.

All of us here at Ford Truck Enthusiasts love the F-150 Raptor. We also love the new Ranger and are very happy that it’s now in production. So, of course, we fell hard for the Ranger Raptor, which is for those of us who prefer a smaller claw print on and off the road.

Thus, it did hurt us to hear we wouldn’t be receiving a Ranger Raptor for the U.S. market any time soon, although Ford’s chief of global operations, Joe Hinrichs, did say, “Never say never.” The best we can do for now is watch “unboxing” videos of the mini-reptile, like this one from Auto Deal in the Philippines.

2018 Ford Ranger Raptor

“Engineered and built from the ground up, fitted with high-performance parts, the first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor is here and it’s ready to eat some Philippine dirt,” says AutoDeal.com.ph in the video description. For a base price of just over $35,000, Filipinos receive a Ranger Raptor with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel inline-four, good for moving 210 horses and 369 lb-ft of torque to the corners through its 10-speed automatic.

2018 Ford Ranger Raptor

The inside’s pretty nice, too. There’s leather with blue stitching on the seats and other trim pieces, the SYNC 3 system is in play, and there’s room for five to experience all that the Ranger Raptor can deliver.

2018 Ford Ranger Raptor

We could go on and on about the video, but we’ll let the comments section share their thoughts, instead.

“Don’t get me wrong, the ride of this vehicle is very good,” says Jonathan Lubag. “Apparently, I like the lady more who demonstrated the tail gate assist :)”

The sentiment is shared by quite a few of the commenters, like 121SeedDestiny121, who wanted to know the identity of the “cute girl” whose beauty distracted him while watching the video; Karlo Reyes replied, “Sabina Cruz. you’re welcome.”

2018 Ford Raptor Ranger

As for the Ranger Raptor, Skeptron 1973 says, “Watt’s Linkage, Fox Shocks, high ground clearance, big fat tires. Now this is what an Off – Road ready production truck I’ve been longing for at a not so distant price tag.” Nomadic Veteran adds, “This thing definitely looks the bizz… I can’t wait for the review!”

Of course, BaconDoesStuffz put it best: “The king of offroad has awoken.”

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