The North American based automaker Ford is planning to “revolutionize the compact pickup segment” by announcing that it will launch its new Ranger model in Thailand next month, promising toughness, the capability of a pickup truck with smart technology, safety, improved fuel economy and high standards of quality and comfort.
According to Ford, the new Ranger will be available in both two-wheel and all-wheel drive and the vehicle will come with a choice of three engines: the 2.5 liter four-cylinder iVCT petrol engine which is developing 166 PS and 226 Nm of torque, with the two-wheel drive version burning 9.8 L/100 km in a combined cycle, the 2.2 liter Duratorq TDCi VG Turbo, with its 150 PS and 375 Nm (7.6 L/100 km) and the larger 3.2 liter five-cylinder Duratorq TDCi, generating 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque (8.4 L/100 km).
“The all-new Ranger is the first pickup truck to be built under One Ford strategy and has benefited tremendously from the full engineering expertise of Ford around the world. This has enabled us to deliver a truck with no compromise, a truck that provides customers around the world with quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology in one complete package”, said the president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa (APA), Joe Hinrichs.
The 2012 Ford Ranger comes with some interesting safety features like the Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Adaptive Load Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Emergency Brake Light, Roll-Over Mitigation, ESP, side thorax airbags for the driver and front passenger, new frontal impact airbags and seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters.