2012 Ford Ranger unveiled in Australia

 

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A more muscular Ford Ranger built with technologies and new features was unveiled at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, which opens its doors to the public today.

Ford prides itself for producing the 2012 Ford Ranger with the model's "21st Century Tough" look evident in the pickup trucks exterior and interior design. It is the latest product to emerge from the American carmaker's One Ford initiative.

"We know trucks so we leveraged our best expertise from around the globe to create the all-new Ford Ranger," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development. "Focusing our global resources on a single new compact pickup truck platform meant we could deliver significant improvements, technologies and features that owners will value, along with impressive fuel economy that alone will be a reason to buy."

Utilizing an all-new chassis frame, front and rear suspension and steering system, the 2012 Ford Ranger delivers more payload and outstanding towing capability. It's also more suited to go off-road with the following features:

- a stiffer frame;
- ground clearance of up to 232mm; and
- driveline components that are strategically mounted above the frame rail.

Despite the Ranger's 3,220mm longer wheelbase and 1,560mm wider track over the previous-generation model, Ford said the pickup truck is easier to maneuver, thanks to its tighter turning circle. Its rack-and-pinion steering system has also been designed to provide a robust performance while delivering more precise steering.

Powering the 2012 Ford Ranger are three new fuel-efficient engines:
- a 2.2-liter, inline-four common rail Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that produces 148hp and 375Nm of torque;
- a 3.2-liter inline-five common rail Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that churns out 197hp and 470Nm of torque; and
- a 2.5-liter, inline-four Ford Duratec petrol mill that puts out 164hp.

The diesel engines get equally-new, equally-fuel-efficient six-speed automatic and manual transmissions while the petrol powerplant gets a five-speed manual transmission.

Despite its utilitarian origins, the 2012 Ford Ranger benefited from the same simulation technology employed by Formula One teams as aerodynamicists performed over 1,000 full-vehicle aerodynamic simulations to perfect the vehicle’s shape and improve its fuel efficiency.

The Ranger will be offered with three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, two ride heights and up to five series choices depending on the market.

Just before she left for the global launch of the Ranger, Ford Group Philippines assistant vice president for communications Anika Salceda confirmed the new pickup truck will reach the local market at around the time it goes on sale globally by 2012.

Photos from Ford

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  • TJPewter Oct 15 2010 @ 03:59pm
    TG there's also the new BT-50
  • docmart70 Oct 15 2010 @ 04:23pm
    cant wait to see the new fords next year with the next gen focus, escape/kuga, everest and hopefully the mondeo, C-max and explorer
  • gigli_beckham Oct 15 2010 @ 05:19pm
    hyundai's crdi-eVGT tops Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine
  • aNthraxx Oct 15 2010 @ 06:36pm
    looks nice, liking the front fascia...body looks like a hi-lux though.
  • Road King Oct 15 2010 @ 06:40pm
    Wow! Looks like a winner!! Hope it performs as good as it looks!
  • armoj777 Oct 15 2010 @ 07:41pm
    this is seriously big and macho looking compared to the old ranger..the old ranger looks like a muscled thin guy..this look like a proper mma fighter.
    so now lets see how the everest looks like :)
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 15 2010 @ 07:50pm
    @gigli_beckham. Ford has 175PS and 200PS 2.2 liter TDCi engines for cars and car-based models.
    The Duratorq TDCi in the Ranger is a truck engine, so its tuned differently.
  • redcat Oct 15 2010 @ 10:25pm
    niceone. but damn, i cant wait til 2012.
  • Sivic Oct 16 2010 @ 01:12am
    The front exterior is similar to ford edge's front exterior
  • JCM Oct 16 2010 @ 11:18am
    Sexy big mama!
  • mico23 Oct 16 2010 @ 08:38pm
    This is really something. But does it have a central diff locking mechanism of some sort? Or is that the knob near the shifter? Hope they fit it with better looking bars at the rear or none at all. The one here looks like it was picked up at a welding shop.
  • art Oct 16 2010 @ 09:50pm
    sweet!! sunod na rin nyan ang everest. :)
  • art Oct 16 2010 @ 10:00pm
    mukhang hilux pag side view. :)
  • mark14 Oct 17 2010 @ 09:38am
    @art, kamukha nga ng hi-lux...
    the new ranger looks good pero pumangit ung loob...
  • pol3 Oct 17 2010 @ 02:10pm
    I like everything about it. Can't wait till 2012!
  • armoj777 Oct 17 2010 @ 04:02pm
    @mark..bakit pumangit loob? mas maganda nga ung bago eh kesa sa ngayon na mukhang ordinary lang..ung bago mukhang galing sa fiesta..
  • Adrian Oct 18 2010 @ 02:23pm
    wish ko lang sa toyota magkaroon na sila ng 2012 Toyota Hilux V6 engine! ehhehehee
  • neutral Oct 18 2010 @ 04:16pm
    By 2012, other companies might have introduced better specs than ford ranger, so hurry up ford before it's too late. You must be the first to introduce those engines(2.2 and 3.2) paired with six speed automatic transmission. Also, the most powerful and the most economical pick-up in this category.
  • morlock101 Oct 19 2010 @ 12:57am
    Buti naman indi ginaya ang likod ng bagong BT-50 hehehe.. kaso lang parang facelifted na hilux... pero para sa akin mas ok sya sa current model and a 2.2 na engine sana super efficient... sana 20kms to liter lang hehehe
  • nicologarcia Oct 20 2010 @ 08:36pm
    mas gusto ko front ng BT-50.
  • mark14 Oct 21 2010 @ 01:12am
    @armoj777, mas tough looking ung lumang interior... (opinion ko lang naman un) :)
  • Nutcha Jan 12 2011 @ 12:19pm
    Watch out for the 2011 Nissan Navara. The ST-X 550 model, It has a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine, 231HP, 550Nm of torque coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission.. New Ranger, Hi-Lux, Strada and D-Max will be miles away in terms of power and looks..
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