New Ford Ranger Pick Up Makes British Debut At Motor Show

Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger pick-up has been given a host of new features and range enhancements, to extend its appeal and versatility. These include a fresh new front-end design, enhanced driving dynamics and a new, pillarless four-door Super Cab which provides class-leading ease of access, for both passengers and goods. Whatever the task, the new Ranger will get the job done – and turn heads in the process.

"The new Ranger line-up has been developed to cope easily with the exceptional demands that pick-up drivers need to make of their vehicles," said Steve Parker, Ford of Britain's commercial vehicles director. "The introduction of a new, pillarless four-door Super Cab is of particular significance. We believe there is now a Ranger model to suit every need – from the rugged, dependable workhorse to the versatile, dual-purpose vehicle that can be used with confidence and pride for both work and leisure. Now, more than ever, Ranger combines ruggedness, dependability and style – in whatever proportion the customer chooses."

New Pillarless Four-Door Super Cab

Ford is one of two manufacturers to offer the exceptionally high level of functionality provided by the new pillarless four-door Super Cab.

Available on the new Ford Ranger 4x4, the innovative four-door Super Cab features reverse-hinged, counter-opening rear doors, that eliminate the ‘B’ pillar between the front and rear doors. This results in class-leading ease of access to and from the rear of the cab, either for passengers or, with the rear seats folded up, for storage of tools and goods.

The rear of the new cab can be used for keeping valuable items under lock and key, rather than on the load bed. At the same time, when the Super Cab is specified, customers benefit from more storage space in the load bed – an increase of 14.5% in storage length - than is the case with the conventional four-door double cab.

With security and occupant safety in mind, the unique rear side door panels have no exterior handles. Access to the rear compartment is obtained by opening the front doors and operating the handles located on the inner face of the reverse-hinged rear doors. As the front door panel latches onto the inner face of the rear door, the rear door must be closed first, in order to close the front door.

The four-door Super Cab has the same high standard of torsional rigidity as the original Super Cab model and side-impact safety performance is unaffected.

Best-In-Class Load Box Capacity, Increased 4x4 Towing Capacity

Load box dimensions for Ranger single and double cabs are best-in-class. This enables customers to keep dirty, smelly, wet or cumbersome loads separate from the passenger cabin, thus preserving the car-like appearance of the cab interior.

Gross payloads are highly competitive are 1,120 kg on the 4-door Super Cab, 1.135 kg on the Double Cab and 1,180kg on the 4x4 Regular Cab.

The towing capacity of all 4x4 Ranger derivatives has been upgraded from 2,200 kg to a highly competitive 2,800 kg – an increase of over 27 per cent.

Purposeful New Design

Ford designers have enhanced Ranger’s tough features to make it look bolder and more muscular than ever, with a completely new bonnet, grille, bumper and headlamps. A higher bonnet line gives Ranger a more aggressive profile and stance. The distinctive new chrome grille gives the new Ranger a closer family likeness to the successful American Ranger and F-Series pick-ups, while the XLT model also benefits from a tough new chrome bumper.

4x4 Transmission

The 4x4 transmission has three modes – rear-wheel drive for normal road conditions, ‘4x4 high ratio’ for adverse on- and off-road conditions, and ‘4x4 low ratio’ for extreme off-road conditions. Electronic Remote Free Wheel (RFW) hubs, fitted as standard, facilitate changing between two-wheel and four-wheel drive (high ratio) at any speed, and with ease for such tasks as reversing and stopping versus some competitor systems.

Selecting four-wheel drive (high ratio) while stationary automatically locks the front-wheel drive mechanism. It then remains locked, allowing the driver to shift back and forth between four-wheel drive (high ratio) and two-wheel drive while on the move, until the Remote Free Wheel switch on the dashboard is pushed. As with all off-road vehicles with low-ratio gears, four-wheel drive (low ratio) can only be selected while the vehicle is stationary.

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Published : 31/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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