Making its UK debut at the CV Show from 12 April, the Ford Ranger pickup is the latest in Ford’s global strategy and will be sold in the US and Australia, where it is expected to be a popular model.
In the UK, sales are expected to be modest, but Ford is promising car-like comfort and handling from the large vehicle.
Craig Metros, Chief Designer of the all-new Ranger, said: “Wildtrak’s aggressive look and bold new graphics are a perfect fit for those who appreciate a sporty and more expressive image. It will look fantastic transporting the latest quad bike or jet ski for their weekend getaways.”
This includes new technology from the Blue Oval, including ESP, an entertainment system, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and rear parking cameras in top-spec versions.
The interior also gets an upgrade with leather-trimmed upholstery and faux-carbon fibre feel for the radio housing.
First revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, the Ford Ranger is capable of towing 3350kg and the raised ride ground clearance allows it to drive through 80cm of water.
Ford has also focused on reducing CO2 emissions from the two Duratorq diesel engines matched with six-speed transmissions.
These include a British-built 2.2-litre 148bhp unit and a larger, 3.2-litre 197bhp option.
The Ranger also offers one of the largest fuel tanks on any Ford model. At 80 litres, it will extend the range of the pickup above most other competitors in the UK market.
Across over 180 world markets, the Ford Ranger will be available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive variations and a selection of four trim levels.