The all-new 2012 Ford Ranger has been designed from the ground up. It has a new chassis, new engines and gearboxes, new suspension, new steering system, new brakes and of course new interior and exterior design. At 5359mm long and 1850mm wide, the new Ranger is bigger than its predecessor. It also looks much bigger and more muscular than the previous-generation model. Ranger is offered in three cab body styles; Regular, Super and Double Cab. Regular Cab has a bit shorter overall length (5274mm), but offers the biggest cargo bed with a length of 2317mm. This Super Cab provides a bit more cargo space inside the car. The four-door system in the Super Cab includes two forward-hinged doors and two rear-hinged access panels. It provides access to the cargo space behind the seats. The four-door model, Double Cab offers seats for five. Cargo bed length of the Double Cab is 1560mm.
Ford Ranger looks good in the city too, but its exterior reveals that it is capable of handling all the offroad and towing duties the driver requires. Ranger provides water-wading capability of 800 millimetres and ground clearance of up to 232 millimetres. It has an all-new compact front differential, new upgraded rear axle and lower overall ratios. The electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers to shift on the fly from 4×2 to 4×4 any time via a knob located on the centre console. Low-range gearing in 4×4 models can be enabled for extra-low-speed torque or additional downhill braking. When the low-range gears are engaged, the throttle response is changed to an off-road setting which provides a less sensitive pedal feel. This prevents unintentional acceleration due to the bouncing motion of the driver’s foot while moving over bumpy ground. European versions of the Ford Ranger come with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESP) and Traction Control System (TCS). The TCS controls wheel spin on all four wheels in 4×4 mode. The system utilises both brake and engine torque control in parallel to reduce wheel spin. Ford is relying on the performance of the TCS and therefore a limited slip differential is not available as an option.
The four-cylinder, 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel delivers 150 horsepower and 375 Newton metres of torque. The peak power is available at 3700rpm, while the peak torque comes at lower revs, between 1500 and 2500rpm. As Ranger’s main job is to handle off-road rather than offer excellent street performance, the acceleration isn’t too good, but you can still easily keep up with the traffic. The sprint from zero to 100km/h takes 11,8 seconds and the top speed is 175 km/h. With a lot of torque available at low revs, the Ranger is very enjoyable to drive with the six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic is also available for some models. The combined fuel consumption is just 8,3 l/100km, which sounds pretty small for a pickup. When driving with the 4×2 mode, you can even get pretty close to this number.
In Europe, the new Ford Ranger is offered in four different versions. The XL model is the workhorse model with basic features. This XLT and the Limited model add a bit more luxury to the Ranger, while the Wildtrak is the sportiest choice. Ranger now utilises a common global electrical architecture that is also shared by the current Ford Focus and Mondeo. With the use of globally developed and engineered components, it has been possible to offer Ranger completely new features and technologies like the cruise control and rain-sensing wipers. Inside the car, the new instrument cluster design offers more information to the driver. The central LCD display provides trip computer functions like distance to empty, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, average speed and outside air temperature.
- 110 kW (150 hp) / 3700rpm
- 375 Nm / 1500-2500rpm
- 6-speed manual
0-100km/h / 0-62mph
- 11.8 seconds
- 175 km/h
- 8.3 l/100km
- 219 g/km