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.
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