Ford has unwrapped its new Ranger Storm concept at the São Paulo International Motor Show, handing its double-cab bakkie plenty of aesthetic tweaks to make it look every bit a budget Raptor. It’s not yet clear whether Ford in Latin America plans to put this show vehicle into production.
Like the cheeky little EcoSport Storm revealed in February 2018, the new Ranger Storm concept boasts a model-specific grille complete with the sort of block lettering first made popular by the F-150 Raptor (this one, though, reads “Storm” rather than “Ford”).
Up front, you’ll also find a prominent silver-coloured skid-plate, honeycomb mesh inserts for the bumper’s air intakes and a snorkel running up the A-pillar. Black cladding has been attached above the wheelarches and along the vehicle’s flanks.
The tailgate (also bearing “Storm” lettering), meanwhile, has been blacked out, while decals have been added to the bonnet and along the body. The roof rails extend down towards the load bed to form a styling bar of sorts, while the 17-inch alloys are wrapped in off-road rubber from Pirelli.
Nothing’s changed under the bonnet, though, where Ford’s familiar 3,2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel still develops 147 kW and 470 N.m, which is directed to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Ranger Raptor, remember, employs a new twin-turbo 2,0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine delivering 157 kW and 500 N.m of torque, and mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
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