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Ford unleashes 2019 Ranger Raptor

The only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific

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Built Ford Tough indeed

The legendary F-150 Raptor now has a sibling and it also packs serious muscle.

Ford Motor Company has just launched its first Ranger Raptor in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s the company’s new off-road, performance pickup truck which combines Ford Performance DNA with the Ranger’s toughness and engineering that it has become known for. Think of it as the toned-down version of the F-150 Raptor.

When it comes to design, though, there is very little difference between the two.

The front shows a familiar grille with the iconic FORD lettering pressed proudly at the center. There’s also the frame-mounted front bumper and dent-resistant front fenders to further toughen it up for the wilderness.

Just like its older brother, the Ranger Raptor is huge from all angles. It stands 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide, and 5398mm long while ground clearance has further been lifted to 283mm. The truck has a towing capacity of 2500kg so it can definitely haul things for you.

What truly sets this apart is at its core. The Ranger Raptor’s chassis frame is specifically designed for traveling at high speeds off-road. Made of various grades of high-strength low-alloy steel, the frame is made to absorb the blows of off-road driving.

“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available production road vehicle in our markets, and still ride like a millionaire on-road,” said Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger Raptor, Ford Motor Company.

Under its wide hood sits a 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that pumps out 213PS of power and 500Nm of torque. This is then mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission as the F-150 Raptor and comes with a unique electronic terrain management system featuring six drive modes (Gravel, Mud, Rock, Baja, etc).

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Ford vehicle without the host of safety features. It carries the advanced Driver Assist Technologies at the push of a button like the SYNC 3 voice assist system, SatNav, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Load Adaptive Control among others.

“It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile, and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck — it’s an incredible, awesome experience!” said Jamal Hameedi, Chief Engineer, Ford Performance

This macho vehicle is not to be confused with the Ford Ranger that was announced last month at NAIAS. The Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing and will be available for the Asia Pacific region. Color palettes include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, and Conquer Grey.

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Conquering Mt. Malasimbo with the Nissan Navara and its Around View Monitor

It has the brawns and brains to take on a mountain

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As a celebration of Navara’s third year in the Philippine market, Nissan recently rounded up media representatives and flew them to Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. The Navara is one of Nissan’s most successful vehicles, and is already part of the top three in the local pickup segment.

This event was also the perfect chance to put to test its new feature: the Around View Monitor (AVM). This is part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility initiative which we heard a lot of during the recent Nissan Futures in Singapore.

Kicking off from the southern-most tip of the island, we embarked on our eight-hour drive to Mt. Malasimbo. Each 2.5-liter Navara carried two to four persons. While some took turns driving, others braved the driver’s seat from start to finish.

The roads our convoy took were a combination of gravel, unfinished roads, remote paths with blind spots, steep inclines, and narrow lanes. I’ve already spent hours on Nissan’s zero-gravity seats in the past so I had no issues with ride comfort. These seats plus the truck’s multi-link suspension system actually made the drive comfortable — too comfortable that one of our passengers was asleep in the back seat almost the entire time (no, not dropping names!).

Once at Mt. Malasimbo, we got to finally make the most out of its AVM and other safety tech. An obstacle course was set up in different areas of the mountain which we took turns strategically maneuvering around.

It was during this time that the Around View Monitor proved the most useful. Blind spots — which would usually require an additional person to stick their head out and check how much room you still have — are now comfortably seen right at the monitor.

There’s also an option to have an even closer view of how far your tire is from an obstacle just by pressing one button. This made it easy to take accurate and calculated turns at the site’s steep and narrow inclines.

Other features that were in action while navigating through the twists and climbs of Mt. Malasimbo were Hill Start/Descent Assist, Traction Control, and Vehicle Dynamics Stability Control.

At this event, not only did everyone have fun catching up and driving, the Navara also proved itself as a vehicle that can keep up with your adventures, whether you’re sailing on a smooth highway or treading the road less traveled.

SEE ALSO: Nissan Futures 2018: Electrifying the Future

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Ford launches all-new Mustang and Expedition at MIAS 2018

The color on that Mustang is just beautiful

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This year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) officially started today and there’s a lineup of car brands that will reveal their latest offerings to the hundreds of people at the event. Ford Philippines kicked things off by introducing its all-new Mustang and Expedition.

There are four new variants adding to the famous Mustang line in the country: the 2.3L EcoBoost 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT convertible, and 5.0L V8 GT 6-speed MT convertible.

Those are quite a handful to remember so just keep in mind there are two fastback models with different engines — one is more fuel-efficient while the other is pure power. The remaining two are convertibles with one having automatic transmission and the other, a manual gearbox.

While they’re all beasts on the road, what’s interesting is the option to go entirely manual with a 6-speed configuration specifically for the 5-liter V8 convertible model. This allows you to have full control when shifting gears so you can get that extra torque exactly when you need it.

There are also modifications on its aggressive body. The hood line is lower and a pair of functional air vents are now seen. New LED fog lamps and headlamps are also present with signature lighting complementing the redesigned LED tri-bar taillamps.

The new Mustang is available at Ford dealerships across the Philippines with the following price tags:

2.3L EcoBoost 10-speed AT fastback — PhP 2,798,000

5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT fastback —  PhP 3,478,000

5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT convertible —  PhP 3,678,000

5.0L V8 GT 6-speed MT convertible — PhP 3,578,000

On the other hand, the Expedition is more for comfortable long trips with the family. It boasts a tough new design, improved performance, and a collection of best-in-class luxury features.

Running the show is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that coughs up 375 horsepower. It is then mated with a 10-speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission — all while maintaining the best possible fuel efficiency.

Talking about its physique, it now sports a raised power dome hood that does make it look more authoritative in addition to standing on 20-inch aluminum mags. Chrome trimmings are present to accentuate the vehicle.

It comes complete with driver-assist tech including Hill Descent control, Hill Start Assist, Blind Spot Information System, forward and reverse sensing systems, among others. The all-new Expedition also has the advanced SYNC 3 for navigation and other forms of assistance while on the road.

Ford’s all-new Expedition is available in two models with the following price points:

3.5L 4WD Limited MAX (with bucket seats) — PhP 4,358,000

3.5L 4WD Limited MAX —  PhP 4,258,000

For more information and to see these bad boys on display, visit Ford’s booth at the Manila International Auto Show 2018 at the World Trade Center Manila until April 8, 2018.

SEE ALSO: Ford announces exclusive offers for MIAS 2018

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Ford announces exclusive offers for MIAS 2018

Also offers free oil quality checks, tire inspection, and more

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This year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) is just about to kick off at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, and Ford Philippines isn’t wasting any time to offer special deals.

From April 5 to 8, 2018, customers who purchase an Everest, Ranger, or EcoSport are entitled to get a free two-year worry-free service and 10 percent discount on accessories bundle. An additional free fuel voucher and exclusive Ford merchandise will also be given to those who test drive and place a reservation.

In partnership with EastWest Bank, Ford will also extend lower financing rates for customers buying the Everest, Ranger, or EcoSport during the motor show.

Additionally, existing Ford owners can also avail of a free vehicle inspection that covers visual and oil quality checks, tire inspection, detailed vehicle report card, midtronics battery testing, fluid levels check, among others.

For those who are far from the metro, fret not. Folks from Pampanga, Cebu, and Davao who will test drive and reserve at the respective showrooms from April 5 to 8 will also receive the same perks.

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