For some reason, you won’t find the US best-selling truck in Mexico, although Ford sells its products there. The F-150 badge is missing from this market. But, it is actually available, but under a different name – the Ford Lobo.
The brief history lesson – the F-150 was actually available in Mexico for some while. But, at some point during 1990s, the company just renamed the truck. Lobo means wolf in Spanish, and we still can’t find an answer or story why the change happened.
Well, the Ford Lobo is actually the F-150. But, it is strange when you want to buy the Raptor version… So you get both a wolf and a raptor. A strange mix. Ford is rebadging other vehicles as well, but none draws so much attention.
Ford Lobo Engines vs F-150 Powertrains
A 3.3-liter V6 mill is the base option. But, the truck also offers plenty of other configurations in the US. The latest drivetrain is an all-electric battery for the Lighting edition. This one is not yet available in Mexico, and we doubt the Blue Oval company will launch it there. Also, a diesel unit was never in the mix for the country beyond southern border. Neither does hybrid.
So, it leaves the Ford Lobo at four choices. The 3.3-liter V6 is naturally aspirated and produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is more potent with 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet. The most impressive numbers come from a V8 and high-output V6. The large 5.0-liter plant delivers 400 hp and 415 lb-ft. This one might be discontinued on the new F-150. A 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 is reserved for the Lobo Raptor. Engineers tune it to deliver 400 hp and 510 lb-ft for the latest edition, although it previously did 450 ponies.
Ford Lobo Packages
The Ford Lobo is actually the F-150, but from the XLT trim level, and every higher grade. So, the options are XLT, Lariat, Tremor, Platinum, and Limited. So, there is no King Ranch and Raptor announced for the 2023 season. But, those packages will be there as well. Basically, the features are pretty much the same as for the US truck. We won’t compare them all to get minor differences. The key one is the name, and some American truckers love it. Anyway, the F-150 has a status of the legendary pickup, and Lobo can’t be more popular. Any other nameplate won’t do it.
We’ll do math here and convert Mexican pesos to USD to check the pricing differences between two markets. Well, the MSRP of the Ford Lobo in Mexico starts from 1,2 million pesos. Converted to the US dollars at the current exchange rate, that would be $64,000. The XLT version of the F-150 costs $48,000. The Platinum version is available at that price in the United States. Mexicans must spend 1,6 million in the local currency. The Raptor will eventually break a 2-million mark.