Since ending its manufacturing operations in the South American country a few years ago, Ford has launched a bevy of new products there, including the ever-popular Ford F-150 pickup, the Ford Territory crossover, and the next-generation Ford Ranger in multiple trim levels, which quickly became a hit after racking up thousands of pre-orders in a short period of time. Now, The Blue Oval’s Brazilian lineup is getting yet another variant of the mid-size pickup – the high-performance, off-road-focused Ford Ranger Raptor.
The Ford Ranger Raptor is officially one of ten new models that are scheduled to launch in Brazil this year, though at this time, it’s unclear what we can expect from the version of the rugged pickup that will be sold there. FoMoCo didn’t provide any specs for the Brazilian Ford Ranger Raptor, nor pricing, which is notable because it’s sold in various guises around the globe, depending on the market.
The Ranger Raptor comes equipped with the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost engine, which in the U.S. is rated to produce 405 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. However, in Europe, the Ranger Raptor is limited to 288 horsepower and 362 pound-feet of torque due to stricter emissions regulations. Regardless of the market, the Ranger Raptor touts a host of suspension upgrades including aluminum upper and lower control arms, a long-travel rear setup with a Watts link and trailing arms, and Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shocks at all four corners.
“The Ranger Raptor is made for those who want the most advanced in all-terrain performance. He’s a real trail monster,” said Daniel Justo, president of Ford South America. “There is no pickup in the category that comes close to the performance attributes it offers to face the most radical terrain on the planet. Like the other models of the Nova Ranger, it arrives to redefine the standard in the category.”