Ford debuts new pick up at Oz show
THE Ford Ranger is back with an all new look that’s bigger, bolder and more muscular.
It was launched at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney (Oct 14).
Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, said: “The new Ranger is an exciting and dynamic vehicle that will undoubtedly raise the bar in the pickup market.”
The all-new Ford Ranger certainly looks the part with a strong and muscular design that’s tough-looking.
The Ranger features an all-new chassis frame, front and rear suspension and steering system. It delivers more payload and towing capability with a choice of two new fuel-efficient Ford Duratorq TDCi diesels.
There’s a new 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine with peak torque of 375Nm and 105PS power.
And a new 3.2-litre, Ford Duratorq TDCi I5 diesel engine with a beefy 470Nm of torque and 200PS power.
There will be the choice of three different cab body styles; 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains; two ride heights; and four series choices.
The new Ranger also features a good range of upmarket tech, too. There’s a new rear-view camera system, Voice Control, Trailer Sway Control and Adaptive Load Control.
The cargo box of the new Double Cab is more than 100mm wider than before – 1,549mm long by 511mm high and with a maximum cargo width of 1,560mm.
Volume is an impressive 1.21 cubic metres.
Width between the wheel arches is 1,139mm on all models and special provisions are provided in the cargo box to place struts of lumber in pockets that are located above the wheel arch. This allows plywood or sheet rock to be stacked flat. Width at the rear tailgate opening, at the top of the box, is 1,330mm.
However, there is one drawback for European customers. We won’t see the new Ford Ranger until 2012.