Ford reveals new Ranger pickup

The rugged 4×4 pickup has been updated with a new exterior, interior and entirely new chassis and suspension system.

Expected to be a big seller in the US and Australian markets, it will also be made available for European buyers in 2012.

The five-seat pickup is now more aerodynamic to save fuel, and Ford has completely redesigned the chassis and suspension to improve the drive and introduce a new set of customers to the Ranger.

This includes improved suspension to provide a more comfortable ride on the roads, a new chassis frame and more responsive power steering for more car-like cornering.

To help on-road driving, Ford has added ESP, trailer sway control and adaptive load control to the Ranger for 2011.

Under the bonnet, a British-built 2.2-litre diesel engine is one of two new options available. The second is a 3.2-litre diesel offering 200bhp and 470Nm of torque.

Both engines are from Ford’s Duratorq range and are expected to increase fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining the towing capacity the pickup is well known for.

The Ford Ranger comes in three different cab body styles, two ride heights and four trim levels. It will also be offered as a two- or four-wheel drive model.

In keeping with Ford’s new One Ford policy, the Ford Ranger will be built in three different plants in Thailand, Argentina and South Africa, but the majority of parts will be identical for several different markets.

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 scope of its capability and technology are further evidence of how powerful the One Ford initiative is in helping us globally to develop a whole range of all-new class-leading vehicles.

The Ford Ranger will arrive in Europe by 2012, with prices announced closer to the launch date.