Chevrolet has the Colorado ZR2, Toyota has the Tacoma TRD Pro, and Jeep has the Gladiator Rubicon. Even Nissan still offers a tougher Frontier Pro-4X. But the Ford Ranger is one of the few mid-size trucks available in the US that doesn't have a dedicated performance variant. Sure, American buyers now have the choice of three different Performance Packs for their Ranger, but only markets across the Atlantic get the full-blown Ranger Raptor (for now).
Roush, though, wants you to be able to have your truck and off-road it, too. That's why the longtime Ford tuner now offers an upgrade package for the Ranger – with tweaks to the suspension, tuning, and visuals – that promises to make it even more capable off the road. And the Roush Ranger should look good doing it.
Gallery: Roush Ford Ranger
Visual updates include things like new fender flares painted in Magnetic Grey, dual LED headlights, custom red tow hooks, Roush "R" puddle lamps, a graphics package – complete with American flag – a Roush's signature grille that looks a lot like the Ranger Raptor's. Buyers can also option an aluminum retractable bed cover if they so choose. The interior, meanwhile, gets new quilted leather seats with "ROUSH" embroidering in the headrests, fitted WeatherTech floor liners, and optional center console and rear vaults for locked, secure storage.
In terms of performance, the Roush Ranger gets Fox shocks and new 18-inch Roush wheels wrapped in 32-inch Grabber AT/X tires. But unfortunately, more power isn't part of the package. The Roush upgrade employs the stock turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, good for a standard 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 newton-meters). But there is a new catback performance exhaust system and stainless steel tips, so at least that factory engine sounds good.
What will all this extra kit cost you? Buyers interested in adding the Roush package will have to shell out $12,750 on top of the price of a new Ford Ranger. With the most affordable 2020 Ranger 4x2 starting at $24,110, the cheapest Roush Ford Ranger would cost $36,860 before options.
ROUSH Performance has announced the release of its 2020 ROUSH Ranger, bringing ROUSH signature body components, suspension and performance upgrades, and exclusive interior treatments to the Ford Ranger pickup. A host of available accessories will allow owners to tailor their vehicle to their liking and create a truck that truly stands apart from the pack.
The 2020 ROUSH Ranger is offered for the 2020 Ford Ranger four-wheel-drive models, equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 ROUSH Ranger is equipped with the high-performance ROUSH dual-tip cat-back performance exhaust system that provides a spirited exhaust note and features ROUSH-etched stainless steel tips.
The 2020 ROUSH Ranger is outfitted with a ROUSH/Fox performance suspension system, which maximizes the truck’s off-road capability and improves its on-road comfort while leveling the stance of the vehicle. The enhanced suspension system is paired with General Tire 32-inch Grabber A/TX tires wrapped around 18-inch satin black ROUSH wheels.
Fender flares with integrated lighting painted in Magnetic Grey provide proper coverage for the larger tires. Other exterior styling upgrades include a signature ROUSH grille with dual LED lights, custom red tow hooks, custom fender vent badges, ROUSH “R” puddle lamps, and a standard graphics package. Owners can further customize the look of their ROUSH Ranger with the optional graphics package, which includes upper stripe and rocker stripe graphic upgrades.
The interior is upgraded with premium leather and features quilted stitching and embroidered headrests, ROUSH floor liners by WeatherTech®, serialized interior badges and custom “R” key fobs. The optional center console vault and rear seat vault provides additional storage and security for valuable belongings. Other options include a ROUSH Aluminum Retractable Bed Cover, a 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,” said Jack Roush Jr. “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 Ranger starts at $12,750 over factory MSRP and comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. For more information on the 2020 ROUSH Ranger or any other ROUSH Performance vehicles or components, visit ROUSHperformance.com. To have a dealer contact you regarding the purchase of a ROUSH Ranger, click here.