Roush Performance has taken the wraps off its take on the Ford Ranger, creating something close to a Raptor for the North American market.

Of course, the Ranger Raptor we know here in South Africa is powered by a 157 kW/500 N.m 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine ... and isn't available in the United States.

So, what does the Roush package include? Well, there are new body components, uprated suspension and subtle performance upgrades, along with a fresh interior treatment.

The Michigan-based tuner says the kit is available for Ranger 4x4 variants fitted with the turbocharged 2,3-litre petrol engine offered in the US. This EcoBoost unit’s peak outputs remain at the stock 201 kW and 420 N.m although Roush has added a cat-back performance exhaust system that delivers “a spirited exhaust note” and features Roush-branded stainless-steel tailpipes.

The Roush-fettled Ranger is furthermore fitted with a Fox performance suspension system, which the tuner claims maximises off-road capability and improves on-road comfort while levelling the stance of the vehicle. A set of General Tire 32-inch Grabber A/TX tyres wrapped round 18-inch satin-black Roush wheels is also included.

Exterior updates include fender flares (with integrated lighting) painted in Magnetic Grey, a Roush grille with dual LED elements, custom red tow hooks, fender vent badges, puddle lamps and a graphics package. There’s also the option of a broader graphics kit, should the buyer wish to stand out even more.

Inside, Roush has added "premium leather" with quilted stitching and embroidered headrests, as well as WeatherTech floor liners, a numbered badge and a custom “R” key fob. The range of options includes a centre console vault, an aluminium retractable load bay cover, a load bay cargo manager, an off-road utility kit and a Roush “Chase Rack” with dual rigid light bars.

In the United States, the Roush Ranger package starts at $12 750 (around R210 000), in addition to the price of the vehicle.