Longer, taller and wider, the latest generation Ford Ranger pick-up offers more passenger space and a bigger load platform to tempt everyone from builders to surf-boarding, mountain-biking families.
Under the bonnet of this model lie a couple of far more efficient diesel engines. First up, and flying the flag for the UK in a car that will be sold in almost 200 countries around the world, is the Dagenham-built 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCI diesel unit with 150bhp and peak torque of 375Nm. Also new is the 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCI with a beefy 200bhp available along with 470Nm of torque, which should be enough to tow even the largest caravan, horsebox or trailer.
Drivers get the choice of rear wheel drive, or of a four-wheel drive model which can instantly switch drive from two to four wheels with just a touch of the electronic dash-mounted control. Ford have not forgotten that this is a car that could live a tough life and at times be heavily loaded and towing. Hence ground clearance of up to 232mm and the fitment of a proper low range gearbox, whether you specify 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Inside, there’s room for five adults and the enlarged passenger compartment gives more shoulder, leg and foot room for rear seat passengers thanks to overall dimensions that see the Ranger stretched in every direction. It can also carry more, with a payload of up to 3,300 pounds. The fractionally wider rear cargo area now measures 62 inches long, 20.4 inches tall and 62.4 inches wide. The width between the wheelarches is 45.5 inches and the rear tailgate opens to take items up to 53.2 inches wide.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Ford Ranger pick-up range
PRICES: £15,515 - £25,040 - on the road [est ex VAT]
ENGINES: 2.2-litre diesel (150bhp) and 3.2-litre diesel (200bhp)
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 1.21 cubic metres / 1340kg
TOWING CAPACITY: 3350kg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ESP, ABS, Trailer Weave Detect, Suspension Load Levelling