The design of the all new Ford Ranger, unveiled in Australia recently, confirms what many had suspected about a possible shift in the workhorse’s appearance. Sleek and urban, the new Ranger resembles little the “squarish” design of its predecessors.
Being square isn’t necessarily bad, it just that, it’s square.
Announced under the “T6” codename, the truck comes in 2.2-litre, 2.5-litre and 3.2-litre variants. The 2.2 (110 kW and 375 Nm of torque) and 3.2(147 kW and 470 Nm of torque) are powered by Ford’s all new Duratorq TDCi Diesel engine while the 2.5 (122 kW) uses the Ford Duratec I4 petrol engine.
It will be sold in about 180 markets around the globe, giving other truck makers plenty to lose sleep about.
The two video footage below provides an insight into the designing of the new truck.
Here’s an excerpt of Ford’s press release about the new Ranger:
- It promises to give pickup truck owners more can-do capability and a transformed truck ownership experience
- It is a result of an all-new global compact pickup truck platform from Ford and Mazda, replacing two previous-generation compact truck platforms
- Features a new Rearview Camera System, Rear Park Assist, Trailer Sway Control and Adaptive Load Control. More 2011 Ford Ranger technologies to be revealed in the coming months
- Offers three different cabin body styles, 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains, two ride heights and up to five series choices, depending on the market
- “We know trucks so we leveraged our best expertise from around the globe to create the all-new 2011 Ford Ranger,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development
- All-new chassis frame, front and rear suspension and steering system
- Offers a comfortable and quiet ride
- “21st Century Tough” styling inside and out
- Off-road performance has been improved with a stiffer frame, ground clearance of up to 232 millimetres and driveline components
- Ranger’s key electrical components and air inlets are strategically placed high in the engine compartment. This contributes to water-wading capability.
- Offering the biggest brakes in class for stopping power
- Not planned for introduction in the United States or Canada