All-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak makes global debut

Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak has made its global debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Aiming to deliver class-leading safety, the new Ranger utilises a whole suite of technologies, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Despite being an enormously capable vehicle, the Ranger is also fitted with technologies such as satellite navigation and Bluetooth® voice control, more commonly found on premium cars.

Building on the Ranger’s long-standing heritage of capability, the all-new model extends Ford’s credibility further, with selected European versions achieving a best-in-class towing capacity of 3,350kg.

New from the ground up, this Ranger is the first commercial vehicle to be built under the One Ford strategy as part of a global product programme, bringing together the full engineering expertise of Ford around the world.

Designed and developed in Australia, the Ranger will be offered as a complete family of compact pick-ups with three different cab body styles, 4×2 and 4×4 drive trains, two ride heights and up to four trim choices to suit every pocket and market. It will be produced in Thailand, South Africa and Argentina for more than 180 markets worldwide.

There is a choice of two common-rail diesels and new fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions. The new, Dagenham-built, 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel delivers 150 horsepower, whilst a highly responsive and efficient new 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel produces 200 horsepower. Fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank, the Ranger is also expected to have one of the longest ranges in its segment.

Prices and specifications are expected to be announced closer to the vehicle’s November 2011 launch date.

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