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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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Drive, Eat, Shoot: Exploring the East with the Ford Everest

Who says combining work and play isn’t fun? 🤔

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During our participation at the Auto Rally Challenge a few months back, we were lent a Ford Everest to use at the event. We actually had an extra day with it and our group at GadgetMatch decided to set aside our laptops, grab our cameras, and take the Everest to the first destination that came to mind.

Since we had an enjoyable time with it, we thought we’d share our experience with you guys.

You can check out this short clip of our trip shot entirely on Sony’s smartphone.

The Ride

What we drove was the 3.2-liter Ford Everest Titanium. It’s a midsize SUV great for hauling the family and is packed with safety and comfort features. Being the top of the line variant, it’s the only model with a 4×4 setup so it’s a vehicle that can keep up with your adventures.

Inside, it comfortably seats five people and if you need more, the third row folds out at a press of a button and accommodates up to two more people.

If you find yourself on a long highway stretch, its Adaptive Cruise Control makes for a more relaxing drive so you can take in the scenery around you. Don’t enjoy too much, though, and make sure to still be attentive of the road ahead!

Ford’s SYNC technology lets you play music and read text messages without having to look away from the road. You can do these things through voice commands.

Features like Blind Spot Information and Lane Keeping make sure you only switch lanes when it’s safe. Meanwhile, its Active Park Assist together with proximity sensors help when you squeeze your way through a tight parking space.

A Power Panorama Moonroof also comes with the package. Enjoy a view of the sky or open it for a breath of fresh province air — it’s all up to you.

From the leather-wrapped seats down to the available 230V socket, it’s creature comforts like these that make the Everest an enjoyable ride.

Considering our headquarters in the Philippines is at the east-most border of Manila, we thought it would be exciting to go out of the busy city and see some sights. The province of Rizal made the most sense, so we hopped inside the Everest.

The Food

We left around lunch time so the first thing on our itinerary was to look for a place to eat. We wanted none of those fast food chains; we wanted to try something new.

This led us to our first stop: Balaw Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery in Angono, Rizal.

Angono is known as the Art Capital of the Philippines and is evident in the restaurant. Apart from the dining area, there’s a dedicated space with an abundance of artworks, from paintings and woodwork to sculptures.

The restaurant specializes in Filipino dishes. Although, if one feels adventurous, there’s an exotic corner in the menu with crickets and beef testicles. Unfortunately, none of us felt like going for cow balls during lunch so we went for a safer, more traditional meal.

We got Kalderetang Itik (young duck stew), Balaw-Balaw Fried Rice, grilled chicken, and Minaluto which is basically seafood platter with a mix of fried pork and vegetables.

With our tummies filled and bodies energized, we hopped back on the Everest and off we went for our next destination.

The Sights

Although we were out on a road trip, we still brought a bit of work with us. We needed to shoot photos for our smartphone reviews and wanted to go for a fresh, new location. We heard the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City is photography-friendly and offers an array of contemporary art displays and wide, open spaces.

We were not disappointed. The place is a spacious haven for art, culture, and OOTDs. It has a Greek vibe to it which goes well with the shroud of trees surrounding the area.

A quick tip if you plan to go to Pinto Art Museum: visit on weekdays so there are fewer people. We heard the place can be a little crowded during the weekends and holidays.

Hundreds of artworks are displayed throughout six galleries so be sure to allot enough time going around. We think two to three hours should be enough.

Shot using a Sony Xperia XZ2 with a clip-on macro lens

Shot using a Sony A7S II

The entire museum is inside a 1.2-hectare property that not only houses paintings and installations, but brightly colored fowls, as well!

We shot what we needed and were ready to go home. But one last stop: We chanced upon this road less traveled and pulled over to bask in the rays of the setting sun. We popped open the Everest’s Power Liftgate and gathered around to hang for a while.

Stories were exchanged, selfies were snapped, and laughs were had. We drove back to our headquarters shortly after and called it a day. That was how our quick trip to Rizal with the Ford Everest went.

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Ford Philippines intros stylish new 2018 EcoSport

With a choice to go for the 1.0L EcoBoost engine

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Driving in the city isn’t always fun especially during rush hour. But with the arrival of Ford’s new EcoSport in the Philippines, your everyday drive is looking more comfortable and enjoyable.

The new EcoSport boasts enhancements inside and out. We see the exterior having a new front grille and headlamps proceeded by a fresh hood design. Going in, you’ll be greeted by a leather dashboard, a large 9-inch touchscreen display (8-inch for the Titanium variant), and a power sunroof.

In terms of features, the new EcoSport is equipped with smart technologies for added convenience. These include the Rear View Camera with Rear Parking Assist, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Automatic Headlights, and Smart Keyless Entry. Opening text messages, making calls, and playing your favorite tunes can all be done hands-free using Ford’s SYNC 3 system — little things that altogether make city driving more enjoyable.

It’s also no surprise that we see Ford’s array of safety features on the EcoSport including Hill-Start Assist, Anti-Locking Brake System (ABS), and a total of six airbags in all EcoSport variants.

Three variants come with a new 1.5-liter Ti-VCT engine but what’s interesting is that Ford’s award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is what powers the top Titanium AT model. Being the company’s most technologically advanced engine, Ford promises more power while consuming less fuel.

Six color options are available including Absolute Black, Ingot Silver, Crystal White, Ruby Red, Canyon Ridge, and Blue Lightning. See the price list below for all EcoSport variants:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost Titanium AT – PhP 1,168,000
  • 1.5L Trend AT – PhP 1,028,000
  • 1.5L Trend MT – PhP 968,000
  • 1.5L Ambiente MT – PhP 918,000

The complete lineup of the Ford EcoSport mini SUV is now available for viewing at all Ford dealerships in the Philippines. Additionally, customers can hop on one and test drive the units from August 31 to September 2 at the Ford Island Conquest Year 2 happening at the Big Bear Oval in Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.

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New 2018 Honda HR-V unveiled in PH

Also comes in a sporty RS variant

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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. has officially introduced the new 2018 HR-V carrying a refreshed look. And it’s not alone.

The new HR-V is meant for those looking for a crossover vehicle that can adjust to the needs of its users while still looking stylish.

Outside, it sports a newly designed front bumper, front grille, and full LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights. New LED guide-type tail lamps give it a futuristic touch while fresh 17-inch alloy wheels round up the exterior.

Honda didn’t skimp on features, either. Inside, it’s equipped with a new 7-inch touchscreen system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The inside of HR-V in Utility, Long, and Tall modes

And just like with what we’ve seen on some of Honda’s vehicles in the past, the seats fold in a way that can accommodate extra large baggage. This is made possible through its ULT (Utility, Long, Tall) modes.

Under the hood, we have Honda’s 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine that outputs 142PS at 6,500rpm and 17.5kg-m of torque at 4,300rpm. It is then mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) based on the company’s Earth Dreams Technology. If you’re wondering, Honda’s Eco Assist System helps in making the vehicle more fuel-efficient.

SEE ALSO: Honda offers limited edition City, BR-V, and Odyssey

Unique for the RS variant is its Phoenix Orange Pear color

The Japanese manufacturer is also offering a special RS Navi variant that flaunts a specially designed front honeycomb grille and LED fog lights. Meanwhile, dark chrome-finished door handles, door trims, smoked tail lamps and two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels give this crossover vehicle a sleeker touch. A navigation system is also embedded in the 7-inch touchscreen which comes as a standard.

To ensure safety, Honda has equipped both HR-V models with Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, driver and front passenger SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, and Hill Start Assist. As an added feature, the RS Navi model has additional side airbags for the back passengers.

Today marks the availability of the new HR-V in all dealerships across the Philippines and will be available in Phoenix Orange, Passion Red Pearl, Taffeta White, Modern Steel Metallic, and Lunar Silver Metallic. Pricing starts at PhP 1,295,000 for the 1.8 E CVT while the 1.8 RS Navi CVT goes for PhP 1,495,000.

Check out this short video during the launch.

SEE ALSO: New Honda Civic Type R arrives in PH

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