Raptor is loaded with safety and convenience features that make it suitable for both on and off-road driving. FILE PHOTO

Richard Musani, the Ford Brand Manager said that the arrival of the Ford Raptor creates an entirely new breed of exceptionally capable off-road vehicles in Uganda.

The Cooper Motor Corporation (CMC) has officially launched the first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor on the Ugandan market that showcases the best of Ford Performance’s expertise in performance vehicle design and engineering.

Speaking at the launch ceremony held in Busiika Motor Rally Track on Wednesday, Richard Musani the Ford Brand Manager said that the arrival of the Ford Raptor creates an entirely new breed of exceptionally capable off-road vehicles that pushes the limits in technology, innovation and driving excitement.

Mr Musani said that the Raptor is loaded with safety and convenience features that make it suitable for both on and off-road driving. He said that a host of other driver-assist technologies are also available at the push of a button.

‘’We are proud to be able to offer our customers the very best in off-road performance with the launch of the amazing Ranger Raptor. With its incredible off-road credentials, aggressive looks and uncompromising capability, we can’t wait for our customers to experience the truck on home soil,’’ Musani said.

‘’Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is an exceptionally special vehicle that is designed to flatter the novice and genuinely reward the expert.’’

Additionally, Musani said that Ford cars have proven over the years that they are effective in boosting businesses even in the hard to reach areas a reason he justified has forced most government ministries and agencies to secure them.

‘’As we are all aware government is our biggest buyer in the brand new motor vehicle segment. We are proud that Ford has proven and has been distinguished by most government ministries and agencies. Most of you have noticed and seen most of the large and corporate companies like MTN Uganda, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Uganda Breweries all driving Ford. It has proven to be an enabler for business especially in areas that require personal transport for distributions depending on different businesses.’’

Unlike other vehicles’ from Ford, the Ranger Raptor is equipped with Ford’s all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which is created with high strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimize durability and weight.

It is equipped with a new 2.0- litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine with 157 kilowatts of power and 500Nm of torque, mated to Ford’s advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 

The first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor is 51mm tall. It possesses a 283mm ground clearance, 150mm wider front and rear track in addition to an 850mm wading depth.

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Mark Davidson, the country manager of CMC addressing the media at the launch of the Ford Raptor at Busiika Motorace track. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, Prince Mark Davidson, the country manager of CMC commended the role played by the government of Uganda for enabling a peaceful environment that supports investments such as CMC. 

He said the government has supported them over the years in importing the vehicles.

‘’I would like to give special appreciation to the government of Uganda for a peaceful and enabling environment for business in Uganda and for supporting our business through the purchase of vehicles, truck and tractors for the various ministries and agencies in the country,’’ he said.

‘’Over the last four years, we have introduced a quick line centre which is a quick service vehicle. This facility is open to all auto vehicle brands meaning any brand of car can come and we offer a free 20 point check to the vehicles as well so its kind like a health check on the vehicles.’’