Ford in Europe has revealed its new Ranger MS-RT, a bespoke version of the popular double-cab bakkie complete with a “motorsport-inspired appearance”.
Based on the SA-built Wildtrak and developed in partnership with the MS-RT, the new version of the bakkie furthermore gains an upgraded specification list and “hand-finished detailing”.
Set to be sold from Ford dealers in Europe, the Ranger MS-RT gains a hand-built front facia featuring a honeycomb carbon-effect grille and integrated foglamps. The bakkie furthermore upgrades to 20-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels, extended wheel arches and sculpted side skirts.
The Ranger MS‑RT will be offered in Frozen White, Sea Grey or Agate Black exterior hues, while carbon-effect side-mirror caps, an aerodynamic load bar and “MS‑RT” badges will ship standard.
Nothing’s changed under the bonnet, though, where the Blue Oval brand has stuck with its 2,0-litre bi-turbodiesel engine, which churns out an unchanged 157 kW and 500 N.m. The company’s ten‑speed automatic transmission ships standard, as does all-wheel drive. A Maxhaust app-controlled soundbox, meanwhile, will be offered as a dealer-fit option.
The cabin gains premium leather trim with orange contrast stitching, along with ambient lighting and heated front seats. “MS-RT” logos have been added to the floor mats and scuff plates, too.
“Ranger MS-RT is designed for customers who value Ranger’s hard-working capability but want the racing pedigree and hand-finished exclusivity of our MS-RT series,” said Brendan Lyne, director for commercial vehicles at Ford of Europe.
“This eye-catching vehicle blends Ford’s decades of success in pick-up trucks with striking motorsport-inspired design to offer a road-focused truck combining immense kerb appeal with the hard-working ability that our customers love.”