The Blue Oval company is hard at work developing the next generation Ranger midsize pickup truck – the one that will also reach its homeland and represent the basis for the reborn Bronco.
But the Ranger in its current iteration is very much alive and kicking – with the Blue Oval company ready celebrate its ongoing success with a special series treatment. Indeed, the Ranger has bested traditional names on the market to secure the position as Europe’s top selling pickup with more than 23,000 units delivered since the year started. The model is ready to grace the Frankfurt Motor Show as a Black Edition special series, initially starting off as a Limited trim. But the Ranger Black Edition comes with a de-chromed body wrapped in Absolute Black and with a matching black finish on the radiator grille, alloy wheels, bed bars, and exterior detailing.
The model comes loaded with standard perks – satellite navigation and SYNC 3 multimedia system with an eight-inch touchscreen display, front parking sensors and rear view camera, dual-zone electronic climate control, and leather seats, among others. “Ranger customers appreciate the vehicle’s tough, go-anywhere capability and its rugged good looks, and we expect this attractive new limited series to be snapped up within weeks,” comments Hans Schep, general manager Commercial Vehicles at Ford of Europe. No powertrain modifications have been operated, so the choices remain the same: 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel with 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts) or 160 hp (119 kW), as well as a 3.2-liter five-cylinder TDCI with 200 hp (149 kW). Just 2,500 units of the new Black Edition series will be offered, exclusive to the Double Cab.