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.
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.
The reason for that lower-than-stock people-carrying capability is the fact that the rear seat has been replaced by a cell to haul all sorts of things in, ranging from weapons to other types of equipment.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.