All-new Ford Ranger in Europe by 2012
The next-generation Ford Ranger, which is set for the European market by 2012, made its world premiere last week at the Australian International Motor Show.
As the latest addition to CEO Alan Mulally’s One Ford plan, near-identical versions of the Ranger will be sold worldwide and manufacturing will span three continents, with production scheduled to commence in Thailand next summer.
The all-new Ranger gets two new Duratorq diesel engines; the 2.2-litre TDCi I4, which is built in Dagenham, and the 3.2-litre TDCi I5. Despite the latter outputting around 197bhp and 346lb-ft of torque, Ford insists that fuel economy is ‘excellent’ across the board.
The pickup features an entirely new chassis that provides car-like comfort and dynamics, and the new front and rear suspension improve stability and payload. More responsive steering allows for more precise handling also.
Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe Stephen Odell comments: “We look forward to bringing the new Ranger to European customers by 2012 and I am confident it will exceed their expectations."
Full specification and pricing will be announced closer to this European release date.