Ford has today unveiled its new next-generation Ranger, which promises to be smarter, more versatile and the most capable version of this pick-up yet.
The Ranger is by far the UK’s most popular pick-up, and has a huge 40 per cent share of the European pick-up market. It’s why Ford has thrown all the tools possible at its new model to try and keep it ahead of the game.
Developed predominantly by Ford’s Australian division, Ford says that it interviewed more than 5,000 pick-up owners around the world as part of the Ranger’s development. Inspired by the design of the F150, the new truck gets bolder styling from its large new grille and wraparound C-shaped headlights, with Matrix LEDs even available. It’s also 5cm longer and 5cm wider than its predecessor.
Inside, Ford promises a more car-like interior, thanks to more soft-touch materials, and the brand’s latest Sync 4 media system, which is housed within a huge portrait touchscreen measuring either 10.1 or 12 inches, depending on specification. A fully digital instrument panel will also be available, along with greater connected services that come from the ‘FordPass’ feature.
Ford is set to offer a choice of single or twin turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engines from launch, while a new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel will also be available, though it’s not yet known if this will be offered in the UK. Ford has also confirmed that the Ranger is ‘future-proofed for other propulsion technologies’, suggesting a hybrid or electric model is on the way.
A range of changes have been made to improve the way the Ranger drives, both on tarmac and off-road. These revisions include new rear suspension dampers, while the front wheels have been moved forward to allow for improved off-road articulation.
Other useful changes include the addition of an integrated side-step behind the rear tyres that create a stronger and more stable way to get things out of the pick-up bed, while there is a range of clips and gaps in the back that let you safely secure objects without having to tie them down. A wider bed also now means a full-size pallet can be put in the back, while a plastic-moulded bedliner helps to prevent scratches and makes it more comfortable for anyone kneeling down.
There’s also 360-degree lighting around the truck that helps to improve visibility for anyone finishing off jobs in low light or trying to find objects in the pick-up bed.
Though revealed now, the Ranger won’t actually be available to order until late in 2022, with first deliveries not expected until the start of 2023.Enquire on a new Ford Ranger