The Ford Ranger is a 1 ton pickup truck also sold as the Mazda BT-50; it is designed and built in North America. The 2011 model which is due for release later in the year, it has been designed and will be built by Ford of Australia. The Ranger is available as a Single Cab, RAP (Rear Access Panel) Cab and Double Cab.
With its rugged, masculine looks and its commanding presence, the Ford Ranger has been designed to be equally at home on town roads as well as country tracks. Whether used for work or pleasure, the Ranger is tough, resilient and reliable and has been built to take on the most difficult challenges both on and off-road.
The Ford Ranger is available with a choice of two diesel engines, a 2.5 litre four cylinder with 141bhp and a 3.0 litre TDCi with 154bhp. The larger diesel engine is only available with the top of the range twin cab model. The large diesel engines provide plenty of torque to lug around heavy loads, even the smaller diesel has 243lb ft of pulling muscle.
Like all pickup trucks the Ford Ranger is designed to be a working car, therefore unlike modern luxury 4×4 SUVs like the BMW X5 the Ranger feels more crude and basic. The ride for example has been designed to pull and carry heavy loads rather than offer maximum comfort for its passengers. Feedback from the wheels is decent and the grip level is ok too.
The large diesel engines in the Ranger are by no means as quiet as the ones seen in modern day diesel saloon cars but compared to other pickup trucks the Rangers engine are quiet and smooth. Road noise has been kept to a minimum in the cabin but, due to its square body shop the Ranger does create a lot of wind noise.