FORD’S rugged Ranger pick-up has signed up for military service. More than 100 are going on duty with the Army, Royal Navy and RAF, as well as the Ministry of Defence.
The Ford Ranger, voted International Pick-Up of the Year in 2013, is set for a variety of roles and will carry personnel and MoD civilian staff, as well as their equipment, throughout the country.
In total, 104 Ford Ranger XL four-wheel-drive models will be supplied in a range of cab styles. Each vehicle will have an operational life of five to seven years.
The pick-up is available in three cab configurations – Double, Super and Regular – which, according to Ford, are among the roomiest in the class.
It’s powered by a choice of two Duratorq TDCi diesel engines and has a class-leading towing capability. The Ranger is also the first vehicle of its type to achieve a Euro NCAP five-star rating.
MoD programme manager Steve O’Leary told Business Vans: “These Ford Rangers are all vital administrative vehicles. Some will be used by service security patrols guarding military establishments, and others will be converted for mountain rescue.
“The Ford Ranger was selected as it is more than able to fulfil the required role in terms of off-road mobility and payload, and also for the value for money it offers.”
The MoD Rangers are being delivered via Manchester-based Ford dealer, Evans Halshaw. More than 3600 Ford Rangers have been sold in the UK so far this year, an increase of 1200 compared with this time last year.