Ford Ranger set for UK debut

From 12-14 April, Ford’s new pick up truck will be available to view prior to sales beginning in November 2011.

The Ford Ranger, a favourite in the Us and Australian markets, will be launched in the UK with three cab body styles, two ride heights and four equipment levels.

The versatile van will be available in two- and four-wheel drive and with a choice of two Ford Duratorq diesel engines.

The smaller of the two engines is the 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel delivering 150PS and 375Nm of torque. The engine has previously appeared in the best-selling Ford Transit van in the UK.

A second engine choice comprises a 3.2-litre Duratorq diesel returning 200PS and 470Nm of torque. The more powerful of the two engines boosts towing capacity by 300kg to 3,300kg over the previous generation.

Both diesel engines will be available with updated, more efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

Steve Clary, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said:”Despite the recent economic turbulence, Ford has continued to heavily invest in exciting and technologically advanced vehicles for the CV industry.”

In the case of the Ford Ranger, this includes a new chassis, front and rear suspension and steering system. New technology includes Adaptive Load Control, Trailer Sway Control, Voice Control and a rear-view camera system.

The Ford Ranger will be available to view at the Ford stand in the Commercial Vehicle Show alongside the new Transit Connect Electric can and a Ford Transit showcasing the new ‘stage v’ engines for 2011.

The launch of new Ford Ranger in the UK in 2011 comes in Ford of Britain’s centenary year. The UK branch of the manufacturer was introduced in the UK in 1911 to produce the Model T.