While the United States continues to cry out for a Ford Ranger Raptor, Roush Performance has unveiled what could very well be considered as the next best thing.
Roush, perhaps best known for its overhauled Mustangs, has launched an upgrade package for 2020 Ranger four-wheel drive models that come equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque.
The company starts out by equipping the pickup with a high-performance dual-tip catback performance exhaust system that includes stainless steel tips. Roush then fits a new Fox performance suspension system that maximizes the truck’s off-road abilities while also improving on-road comfort, as well as 18-inch wheels with 32-inch Grabber A/TX tires.
Roush has also focused heavily on modifying the looks of the Ranger and created a distinctive front grille with dual LED lights, custom red tow hooks, bespoke fender vent badges, Roush ‘R’ puddle lamps, and a graphics package. Fender flares also come standard and owners can opt for a more comprehensive graphics package that includes an upper stripe and a rocker stripe.
Moving to the interior, Roush has outfitted the Ranger with premium leather and quilted stitching, embroidered headrests, Roush floor liners from WeatherTech, serialized interior badges and custom key fobs. Optional extras include a center console vault and rear seat vault, aluminum retractable bed cover, bed cargo manager, an off-road utility kit, and a Roush Chase Rack with dual rigid light bars.
“The 2020 ROUSH Ranger is our first mid-sized pickup truck and a project we’ve been excited about for a long time,” Jack Roush Jr. said in a statement. “The Ranger is a great platform out of the factory, but we’ve taken it to the next level, giving it the performance and capabilities to make it an exceptional all-around vehicle on any terrain.”
The 2020 Roush Raptor starts at $12,750 over the factory MSRP and comes with a 3-year/36,000 mile (58,000 km) warranty.