Ford has revealed its new Ranger Storm variant in Brazil, a market that doesn’t offer the full-fat Ranger Raptor.
The production model draws inspiration from a concept shown off late in 2018.
Billed as a “new off-road version” of the Blue Oval brand’s double-cab bakkie, the Ranger Storm was developed specifically for the Brazilian market, although Ford says it meets all of its “strict quality controls”. Whether that means the model will later become available in other markets remains to be seen.
Like the concept, the newcomer features a grille bearing bold “Storm” lettering, with the name repeated along the bakkie’s flanks. It furthermore gains bonnet stripes, black wheel-arch extensions and chunky side steps. A snorkel and a canopy are offered as accessories.
Round back, you’ll find tinted taillamps (just like the Wildtrak), while special Pirelli Scorpion AT Plus all-terrain rubber has been added to the mix, too. Ford says these tyres were developed specifically for the Ranger Storm (with “more than 90 customised parameters”), conceived to offer “maximum performance and durability” on-road and off.
In Brazil, the Ranger Storm ships standard with Ford’s 3,2-litre, five-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending its 147 kW and 470 N.m to all four corners via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Ranger Raptor, remember, employs a twin-turbo 2,0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine delivering 157 kW and 500 N.m, and mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
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