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Ford Ranger Designed For Military Use Debuts In Brazil

The all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger debuted in limited trim levels in Brazil this past June, and the mid-size pickup was met with tremendous demand from the get-go. FoMoCo racked up 2,000 orders for the new Ranger in the first 24 hours order banks were open, in fact, as well as 3,000 in its first week on sale. However, at first, the Ford Ranger was only available in two trims for Brazilian customers – XLT and Limited – and with just one engine choice – the turbocharged 3.0L V6 Power Stroke diesel, though it recently expanded to add the XL and XLS, along with the turbocharged 2.0L diesel powerplant. Now, law enforcement personnel and the military have a Ford Ranger available to suit their needs as well.

Ford Ranger XLS 4x4 Brazil - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

Customized by a company called Flash Engenharia, this Ford Ranger started life as a regular old XLS 3.0 V6 4WD model, but in this case, was heavily fortified for military use and a special display at the recent International COP – Congress of Police Operations, the largest public safety event in Latin America.

The intended purpose of this Ranger is quite clear just by taking a glance at the exterior, which is fitted with protective armor shielding that’s 30 percent lighter than traditional pieces of that nature, along with an Impulse front bumper with an integrated winch and LED lighting, and 360-degree lights that can be controlled remotely. An air-conditioned box in the bed provides room for additional personnel or K9 units, while there’s room for three inside the cab.

Ford Ranger XLS 4x4 Brazil - Exterior 001 - Rear Three Quarters

The reason for that lower-than-stock people-carrying capability is the fact that the rear seat has been replaced by a cell to haul all sorts of things in, ranging from weapons to other types of equipment. The Ranger is even equipped with a facial recognition system to prevent unwanted access, along with a plate recognition system to boot – making it perhaps the perfect pickup to cruise around a war zone or public upheaval in.

We’ll have more on the new Ranger soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Ranger news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson II

    The U.S. federal government has been purchasing License Plate Reader (LPR) systems for Central and South American countries for the past several years. Is it out of kindness? No, it is out of a desire to have a global surveillance network.

  2. Renan Wolf

    To be honest it’s not aimed at the Military but at the normal Police. In Brazil the Military Police is the normal “PD” (Meanwhile the Military Police is called Army Police). The idea is actually good, since we don’t got the FPU or FPIU so most of the Police cars here are adapted to fit the law enforcent duty which means they’re closer to the civilian version.


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