This is one of those cases of “blink and you’ll miss it,” as even we thought it was a customized version of the previous-generation Ranger Raptor until a Ford executive pointed it out to us.
Even during the opening presentation, Ford Philippines managing director Mike Breen didn’t even mention the model’s name outright, other than showing a teaser image and giving confirmation that the vehicle will eventually make it to our shores.
Of course, no official specifications were given, but the powertrain that we most likely will receive is the 2.0-liter biturbo diesel mill capable of 210hp and 500Nm, with a 10-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. If you were expecting the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine, don’t hold your breath.
On the other side of its booth, you can come across a rather heavily equipped Ranger called the Ford Mobile Service Vehicle.
This is part of the company’s “Ford Family Guarantee” program, which is a way for the company to improve its after-sales program in several ways.
As the name implies, it’s a service center on wheels, allowing customers to avail of such services as oil and fluid changes, wiper blade and battery replacements, tire rotations and mounting, brake services, software updates, and more at specific locations.
Other services include the Express Service, which is an option for those who want faster maintenance, which should take up to 90 minutes including a car wash. There’s also Pickup and Delivery, allowing the customer to have his/her car picked up from any preferred location, have the vehicle serviced, and brought back—all without having to go to the dealership.
Ford will also be building a new parts warehouse in the Philippines in Laguna. Measuring up to 13,000sq-m, it will not only be the largest in Southeast Asia, but it is also capable of holding up to 37,000 spare parts and will result in shorter wait times for repairs.