Ford Ranger Wins
The new Ford Performance Ranger Raptor has won the coveted 4×4 of the Year at the Australian Motoring Awards in Melbourne.
The Ranger Raptor was judged the best 4×4 by a renowned panel of judges after a gruelling week-long process, fending off rivals including the HSV Colorado SportsCat, Mercedes-Benz X250d and Volkswagen Amarok V6 Core.
Kay Hart , Ford Australia & New Zealand President & CEO said “This award win is something that we should be proud of and take the time to celebrate. Congratulations to the Ranger Raptor and broader T6 team for the fantastic work they’ve done in creating an award-winning product.
The Ford Ranger Raptor combines a high boost, high revving four-cylinder, twin-turbo two-litre diesel power plant with a ten ratio gearbox that keeps the torque in the sweet spot and is what makes the whole driving experience so dynamic. Couple this with Fox shocks and coil suspension all round and you have the ingredients of true 4×4 success.
“On any back road – the rougher the better – or any 4×4 track it works brilliantly and helps to make the Raptor an enormously fun-to-drive, competent and capable recreational 4×4 dual-cab,” reported 4×4 Australia.
Fittingly, the Ranger Raptor’s biggest threat also came from Ford, with the Ranger XLT Bi-Turbo finishing second in what was an impressive showing for the T6-platformed vehicles. The Ranger Raptor’s win is only the second time in the award’s 35-year history that Ford has taken out 4x4OTY, with the Everest winning Ford’s first in 2015.
The Ranger Raptor was also a finalist in the Which Car Style awards, which saw it break through as the first dual-cab pick up to ever be considered for the award, against more expensive and fashion-led competition.