A new baby Raptor has been unveiled in Brazil, with the Ford Ranger Storm designed to act as a more affordable alternative to the hardcore off-roader, as well as battle international versions of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport.
First revealed in concept form in 2018, the Ranger Storm has finally been confirmed for production in 2020 - although for now, only in Brazil - with a tough new look and a slew of off-road equipment.,
For a start, the Storm arrives with a standard snorkel and a tonneau cover, as well as a new - and huge - 'Storm' logo across the grille. You also get new blacked-out design features outside, including the wheels, fender flares and side steps, as well as new black striping on the bonnet.
Under the bonnet lives Ford's five-cylinder 3.2-litre diesel - good for the usual 147kW and 470Nm - rather than the bunchy twin-turbo used in the Raptor. The Storm also missed out on the hardcore suspension that Ford's halo off-roader offers, but it is equipped with a set of Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain tyres, which are reportedly designed especially for the Ranger, and tested against mud, water, and off-road tracks, as well as tarmac.
Now, the bad news is the Storm is only planned for Brazil as it stands, but it does leave us asking some questions.
Ford in Australia sparked rumours it was cooking up its own baby Raptor, when it trademarked the name "FX4 Max" with the Australian Intellectual Property Office in December 2019, with approval granted on May 7.
The biggest question, though, is whether the "Max" refers to more off-road credibility, like with the Storm, or simply to cosmetic changes.