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Ford Ranger XL 4x4 utility (copyright image)

Ford Ranger XL 4x4 utility (copyright image)

Ford Ranger XL 4x4 utility (copyright image)

Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 utility (copyright image)

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Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 utility

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The all-new Ford Ranger is arriving on the Australia market with a staged availability of variants. The five-cylinder 3.2 TDCi-powered dual cab 4x4 XL and XLT models (in both manual and auto transmissions) are first to arrive with other variants to be released from early 2012. Known as the PX series, the new model combines the toughness and capability of a utility truck with smart technology.

Ranger will be offered in three cabin styles – Single, Super and Double – along with an extensive list of practical features that are available in three series choices for Australian customers. All three cab styles are among the roomiest in the segment.

Two body styles will be offered: Cab Chassis and Pick-up.

The compact utility will also come in 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and two ride heights with the 4x2 Hi-Rider sharing the same frame as the 4x4 model.

Totally new from the ground up, Ranger was designed and developed to be among the forerunners – if not the segment leader – in every area that is important to the customer, especially for those who use it for both work and leisure purposes. The utility now delivers impressive payload and towing capability and, at the same time, is fitted out with innovative and comfort features that a dual user has come to want and value.

For nearly 20 years, Ranger has been one of Ford’s most popular utes across the globe, providing millions of customers with Ford Tough Truck capabilities. Having gone through a comprehensive global development programme, the all-new Ford Ranger builds on its heritage.

Developed for the world

Designed and developed by a global team headquartered in Australia, the new Ranger platform takes advantage of global Ford assets, particularly robust engines proven in tough commercial-vehicle usage and fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions. The design and product development teams also had full access to Ford’s global capabilities, testing facilities and utility truck knowledge in the entire Ford organisation.

The collaboration was crucial in developing the all-new Ranger. Everything is new – engines, gearboxes, frame, suspension, steering system, brakes, chassis, exterior sheet metal, and the interior. The list continues with brand-new features for safety and passenger comfort.

“The Ranger is truly all new,” said Jim Baumbick, engineering director, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Developing Ranger from scratch was an exciting opportunity that allowed us to closely benchmark what our competitors are doing, listen to what truck customers around the world want, and coming out with a vehicle that meets all these expectations and more.”

By leveraging global economies of scale, the new Ranger is being produced from a highly robust single platform. The utility will be manufactured in three continents and sold in 180 markets, making it one of the farthest-reaching Ford products in the world.

Volume production has begun in Thailand for the markets in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. It will be followed by newly revamped manufacturing facilities in South Africa later this year, which will produce Ranger for the home market and Europe, as well as emerging markets in Africa. Later in the launch cadence, Argentina will produce Ranger for South America.

‘21st Century Tough’ styling

Exuding power and confidence in a styling that the designers call “21st Century Tough”, the Ranger features a short overhang at the front with the signature Ford three-bar grille.

The windscreen has been raked back for a sportier and more dynamic silhouette, while the traditional square form of the truck has been sculpted to give the vehicle a modern and aerodynamic look. Larger headlamps, bigger mirrors and stamped-in wheel lips provide an integrated look across all series.

Designers also raised the 'beltline' significantly, along with the rails of the load box, giving the Ranger a substantive presence on the road while increasing its functionality with the deeper box. The Single Cab and the Super Cab have the biggest box volume in their class at 1.82 cubic metres and 1.45 cubic metres respectively while the Double Cab is among the top with 1.21 cubic metres.

At 5,359 millimetres long and 1,850 millimetres wide, the new Ford Ranger is bigger than the previous-generation model. It remains easily manoeuvrable on narrow city streets and during parking thanks to a steering system that requires no more than 3.5 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock.

A smart and comfortable interior

The all-new Ranger offers a contemporary look and feel with features and comfort suitable for a new ute. New interior surfaces are finished with materials that will stand up to the demands of a workhorse while delivering a lasting quality appearance.

The B-pillar in the Double Cab has also been moved forward, delivering best-in-class rear leg room and knee clearance. Three adults can fit in the second row of the Double Cab while two six-footers can comfortably sit one behind the other.

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Making full use of the spacious interior, the Ranger Double Cab offers more than 20 storage spaces in the cabin – more practical stowage than any competitor. Its deep centre console bin is the biggest in its class at 8.5 litres and, in XLT and Wildtrak models, can keep up to six beverage cans cool with a duct from the air-conditioner.

The glove box is large enough to accommodate a 16-inch laptop computer while door pockets can easily fit 1.5 litre water bottles. Ample storage for mobile phones and other small items can be found in the console and in areas within easy reach of the driver. Underneath the rear seats, a convenient hidden storage area for tools can be accessed.

Poised to be a leader in innovation, the new Ford Ranger comes with smart technologies that make the ute easier, safer and more fun to drive. Bluetooth®1, USB and iPod2 integration and voice control over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, and mobile phone are now standard on all models. Similarly, cruise control is standard fitment across the entire range. Dual-zone climate control is fitted to all XLT and Wildtrak models and the range-leading Wildtrak 4x4 will come with a five-inch colour screen with satellite navigation and a rear parking camera.

More 'muscle' and greater fuel efficiency

The all-new Ford Ranger powertrains have been engineered to give customers a combination of power and torque as well as fuel efficiency. Three new engines are available.

Leading the way is Ranger’s new 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine with 470 Nm of torque and power rated at 147 kW. Its fuel consumption, in a combined cycle is, from 8.4 L/100 km on a 4x2 variant to 9.6 L/100 km on the Wildtrak 4x43.

For those who prefer an engine with a smaller displacement, the new 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder diesel engine delivers peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110 kW. When fitted to a 4x2 Single Cab, the 2.2-litre engine consumes as little as 7.6 L/100 km in a combined cycle3, making this engine one of the most fuel-efficient in the segment.

The 2.5-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine has been enhanced and it now delivers 226 Nm of torque and power at 122 kW. The two-wheel drive model consumes 9.8 L/100 km in a combined cycle3.

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For the first time, selected Ranger diesel models will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to provide reduced engine rpm and extend its range on long highway trips or in city traffic. Petrol models have a standard five-speed manual transmission.


The all-new Ford Ranger has been engineered and tested to ensure it can stand up to the toughest challenge. Its capabilities for towing, carrying, fording and climbing were fully tested by Ford.

In fact, Ranger’s towing and water-wading capabilities are among some of the best in its segment. Ranger has the capacity to tow up to 3,350 kilogrammes (TDCi-powered 4x2 Hi-Rider and 4x4 models only) while the 4x4 and 4x2 Hi-Rider models have the capability to wade through up to 800 millimetres of water even when fully laden. It also boasts outstanding payload capacity of 1,528 kilogrammes on the 2.2 TDCi-powered 4x2 Hi-Rider single cab chassis, as well as excellent ground clearance of up to 237 millimetres (4x4 and 4x2 Hi-Rider models).

For those aiming to go off the beaten track, the 4x4 Ranger’s superior off-road capability has been enhanced by an all-new compact front differential, a new upgraded rear axle and lower overall ratios. A robust electronically controlled transfer case – for both manual and automatic transmissions – allows drivers to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high anytime via a knob on the centre console.

To give drivers even more confidence when going off-road, Ranger comes standard with the Traction Control System which maintains vehicle stability by maximising traction at each driven wheel. Unlike a limited slip differential, it is able to reduce the level of engine torque to the exact amount that can be delivered to the ground through the wheels as well as brake a spinning wheel completely, allowing all the available engine torque to the wheel, or wheels, with the most grip.

For those who will be driving on slippery roads or in difficult terrain where a wheel could possibly end up off the ground, Ranger offers additional traction control with an electronic locking rear differential (available on selected models) where both rear wheels are solidly connected for extreme traction capability. Even with one wheel off the ground, full axle drive torque is still sent to the wheel that has grip. This is extremely useful if one of the rear wheels loses traction completely because it is on ice, mud or lifted up in the air.

Ranger also went through extreme testing around the world to make sure it could stand up to the rigours of punishing terrains and temperatures. Tested in Australia, Dubai, Thailand, North America, Brazil, Sweden and South Africa, it had to face severe heat and cold, monsoon rains, high altitudes as well as rushing rivers, arid deserts and potholed roads. Prototypes clocked more than a million kilometres on the road supported by countless hours of exhaustive testing in laboratories.

New levels of ride quality and chassis control

Up front, the entire suspension is brand new. A new coil-over-strut suspension allows for better tuning of the upper and lower wishbone design. The suspension set-up, while similar for two- and four-wheel drive models, has unique capabilities and has been tuned with specific damper valving and spring rates on all models to compensate for weight, centre of gravity, engine torque and drive distribution.

Giving drivers more precise steering control, Ranger’s new rack-and-pinion steering system has been carefully tuned for low-speed manoeuvrability and responsive on-road driving.

Ranger more than holds its own in cabin quietness, an attribute not often associated with a utility truck. From being better sealed and having stiffer doors to using sound-deadening materials in the doors, roof and body, Ranger introduces high levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinement.

Advanced safety protection

New to Ranger, all Australian models are equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which uses advanced sensors to continuously monitor the path the vehicle is travelling on and compares it to the path the driver wants to follow, as indicated by the steering wheel.

Integrated into DSC are other new control features new to Ranger that assist vehicle stability and control:

  • Hill Descent Control: Helps the driver on steep downhill grades
  • Hill Launch Assist: Helps the driver pull away on steep climbs
  • Trailer Sway Control: Provides stability control when towing a trailer
  • Adaptive Load Control: Optimal vehicle stability with a loaded vehicle
  • Emergency Brake Assist: Provides additional brake pressure in emergency stopping manoeuvres
  • Emergency Brake Light: Signals to other drivers by flashing the indicators when the vehicle decelerates quickly
  • Roll-Over Mitigation: Helps prevent the vehicle getting into a roll-over situation

Ranger also offers new passive safety technologies, with the availability and array of airbags dependent on the model. Side curtain airbags are available on all cab styles for the first time. These airbags deploy from the headliner to provide a protective cushion for the head of outboard occupants in the event of a side impact and the curtain is designed to protect both rows of occupants by covering the upper side structure and glass from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

Also available are newly designed side thorax airbags which deploy from the driver and front passenger seat (bucket seats only; not available on front bench seat), further cushioning the impact and reducing the crash forces experienced by occupants in the front seats. All new frontal impact airbags are available for the driver and passenger, along with seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters.

Manufacturer's List Prices* (MLP*)

Ford Ranger 4x2 model range

Single Cab/chassis XL 2.5 petrol 5 speed manual only $19,740*
Single Cab/chassis XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual only $23,740*
Single Cab/chassis Hi-Rider XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual $28,740* (auto. optional)
Single ute XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual only $24,740*
Super Cab/chassis Hi-Rider XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed auto only $33,240*
Super Cab ute Hi-Rider XLT 3.2 diesel 6 speed auto only $43,240*
Double Cab ute XL 2.5 petrol 5 speed manual only $30,240*
Double Cab/chassis Hi-Rider XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed auto only $35,990*
Double Cab ute Hi-Rider XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual $34,990* (auto. optional)
Double Cab ute Hi-Rider XLT 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual $44,490* (auto. optional)

Ford Ranger 4x4 model range

Single Cab/chassis XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual only $38,390*
Single Cab/chassis XL 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual $40,890* (auto. optional)
Super Cab/chassis XL 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual only $43,390*
Super Cab ute XL 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual only $44,390*
Super Cab ute XLT 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual $50,890* (auto. optional)
Double Cab/chassis XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual $42,890* (auto. optional)
Double Cab ute XL 2.2 diesel 6 speed manual $43,890* (auto. optional)
Double Cab ute XL 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual $46,390* (auto. optional)
Double Cab ute XLT 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual $53,390* (auto. optional)
Double Cab ute Wildtrak 3.2 diesel 6 speed manual $57,390* (auto. optional)

Where noted as an available option, the six speed automatic transmission has an MLP* of $2,000* for both 4x2 and 4x4 models.

Cab/chassis models do not include a rear tray.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.

  1. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and is used under licence.
  2. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
  3. All fuel consumption figures are from officially approved tests in accordance with ADR81/02.  Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the combined cycle according to ADR81/02 and might differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world.


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