Industry website Auto News said today that the new Ford Ranger will be introduced to Australia, during the second quarter.
Ford says the Ranger has strong towing capability. The Ranger 4x2 models equipped with the 2.5-litre TDCi are rated at up to 2250kg, while the Ranger 4x4 3.0-litre TDCi models can tow up to 3000kg, Ford claimed today.
(Ranger's cargo and towing capacities are dependent on model and market.) Ford's TDCi Duratorq engines employ variable-geometry turbocharger technology and computer controlled engine management to produce excellent response, fuel efficiency and durability, Ford says. The Ranger is available in 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre displacement versions
The new Ranger offers a choice of five-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions in 4x2 and 4x4 variants.
Ford claims minimum payload capacity of 1000kg and a maximum towing capacity of 3000kg (model dependent). There is A choice of two Duratorq TDCi engines – producing 330Nm and 380Nm –
Functionally, the new front design directs air where it is needed to aid in efficient air-conditioning performance and engine cooling in hot weather.
The large opening in the lower fascia provides a fresh supply of cool air to the TDCi turbocharged engine's intercooler. By mounting the intercooler forward of the radiator and directly in the flow of cool air, the boosted intake charge from the variable-geometry turbocharger remains consistent and allows the engine to perform more efficiently, Ford said today.
“Several of our competitors position the intercooler above the engine and use a dramatic scoop on the hood to direct air to it. We found intercooler performance to be far better when located where we've positioned it – low and in the direct flow of air,” Hiroaki Hashimoto, Ranger Program Director, Ford Motor Company, Asia Pacific and Africa said.
The Ranger is available in three body styles – Single Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab.
The Ford Ranger is also available in 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. The Ranger 4x2 Hi-Rider offers a unique combination, being 2wd and using the robust components and the higher ground clearance of a 4x4. Hi-Rider's ground clearance improves by 26mm (above Ranger 4x2) to a total of 207mm on 15-inch wheels.
Ranger's 3.0-litre TDCi engine produces a claimed 37Nm (10 percent) more peak torque than the Toyota HiLux 3.0-litre diesel engine, Ford says.
The 105kW 2.5-litre engine is rated at 330Nm, while the 115kW 3.0-litre version delivers 380Nm peak torque at 1800rpm.
Ford claims that at 3000rpm, the Ranger's 3.0-litre TDCi diesel delivers more than 350Nm.
With 34 degrees and 33 degrees approach and departure angles, respectively, the Ford Ranger 4x4 provides superior ground clearance and river fording capability.
Ford says the underside of Ranger 4x4 is well armoured. Fuel tank, transfer case, engine and transmission are protected by strong steel plating.
Ranger 4x2 Hi-Rider and Ranger 4x4 models employ a two-way mechanical, multiplate, torque-sensing limited slip differential in the rear axle. It helps to optimise torque balance between the left and right rear wheels in low-traction situations, as well as in higher speed cornering.
Justin Lacy Product Communications Manager Ford Motor Company of Australia told GoSee today that the Ranger pricing has not yet been released - the new model does not go on sale until the second quarter, so it will be announced closer to that time, he said.
"As per the prior model - variants with the 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine and five-speed manual trans are rated for a maximum braked towing capacity of 3000kg, when fitted with a genuine Ford heavy duty tow pack and load levelling kit", he said.
The 2009 PK Ranger introduces the following new models to the line-up:
XL Crew Cab Pick-up 2.5L Auto
XL Hi-Rider Crew Cab Chassis 3.0L Auto
XLT Hi-Rider Crew Cab Pick-up 3.0L Man-Auto
XL Crew Cab Chassis 3.0L Auto
Wildtrak Crew Cab Pick-up 3.0L Man-Auto