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Tricked-out M-Sport Ford Ranger revealed

Tricked-out M-Sport Ford Ranger revealed image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: M-Sport | posted June 13, 2016 11:28

M-Sport upgrades the Ranger with off-road kit

Ford's motorsport arm in World Rally Championship (WRC), M-Sport, has just took the wraps off a heavily modified Ranger which features a bespoke bodykit, off-road equipment and a spruced-up cabin. Simply called the M-Sport Ranger, the modified pickup is based off a double cab variant and is driven by the company's 3.2-liter turbo-diesel.

Rear quarter of the M-Sport Ranger

Starting with the exterior upgrades, the M-Sport Ranger gets a new front bumper conversion and extensions on the hood and wheel arches. Also present is a Lazer light package fitted on the front grill. Dominating the side are matte black 18-inch alloy wheels, side mirror caps, door handles, window trim and step boards.

Inside, the M-Sport Ranger gets subtle cabin refinements. For starters it gets a full blanket interior, along with a larger center armrest that's also trimmed in leather. Completing it all is a slightly modified steering wheel for better grip and privacy glass on the rear windows.

The new steering wheel on the M-Sport Ranger

Under the hood, the special edition Ranger is still powered by the same 3.2-liter inline-five turbo-diesel. There's no word if M-Sport modified the engine but on standard specifications, the engine produces 200 PS at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm at 1,500 – 2,750 rpm.

Other upgrades done on the M-Sport Ranger include: a sports exhaust system and a Pedders suspension sport pack. Optional extras available, on the other hand, are the 1.75-inch suspension lift kit, full underbody protection, roof-mounted Lazer lightbar and a limited-edition hardtop.

The leather-clad seats in the M-Sport Ranger

The M-Sport Ranger will go into production by September 2016 and will be available in select Ford Europe and UK dealerships.