Ranger ready to beat the toughest 4x4's

The all-new Ford Ranger, designed to look powerful from every angle, has arrived at Foray Motor Group.

Looking both muscular and contemporary, while packed with useful features, Ranger is equally at home in any environment thanks to tough new off-road, wading, and towing capabilities.

High levels of spaciousness, comfort and craftsmanship further complete Ranger's transformation into the reliable workhorse that is also a refined family vehicle easily capable of carrying five adults. It also has a five star Euro-NCAP rating, scoring the highest result of any pick-up ever, great news for employers with duty of care responsibilities to their workers.

Ranger has three cab bodystyles - Regular, Super and Double - in four series choices. The Ranger family goes from a more ‘workhorse' feel for the XL to a more luxurious feel for the XLT and Limited and an overtly sporty feel for the Wildtrak. Each cab type has a unique load box with a higher beltline and raised rails to increase functionality. The Regular Cab and the Super Cab have the biggest box volume in its class at 1.82 cubic metres and 1.45 cubic metres respectively while the Double Cab is among the best with 1.21 cubic metres.

Pockets above the wheel wells and along the side of the box allow owners to use timber inserts to carry full sheets of plasterboard or plywood and an optional flexible cargo management system has attachment points that can be moved along a rail for a greater choice when tying down a load.

Drivers get a commanding view of the road and off-road obstacles, thanks to the high seating position. The driver's seat is available with manual two-way / four-way or eight-way power adjustability that's new to Ranger.

In the rear, the Double Cab offers improved comfort and leg room, with seats that can flip up and be secured for additional load space or access to valuable under-seat stowage. All seats are finished with durable materials with a choice of cloth or leather.

Commercial users will welcome Ranger's outstanding payload capacity - more than 1,300kg on some variants - while owners wanting to pull anything from horse boxes to boats will value the pick-up's top-notch towing capacity of up to 3,350kg.

Ranger's benchmark water-wading capability of 800mm and excellent ground clearance of up to 232mm enable drivers to go deeper or climb higher.

An all-new compact front differential, new upgraded rear axle and lower overall ratios, all contribute to Ranger's superior off-road capability. The robust electronically controlled transfer case - for both manual and automatic transmissions - allows drivers to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high any time via a knob conveniently located on the centre console. Low-range gearing in 4x4 models brings extra-low-speed torque or additional downhill braking.

To give the all-new Ford Ranger its rugged credentials, key components are out of harm's way. For example, the fuel tank is higher than the frame, which means it will never bottom out. Driveline components are mounted above the frame rail and protected by strong cross-members. Vulnerable components such as the engine, radiator and fuel tank get additional shields while key electrical components, air inlets and the alternator sit high in the engine compartment to all 4x4 models to wade through up to 800mm of water, giving customers the confidence to ford rivers or floods.

Ranger was tested in Australia, Dubai, Thailand, North America, Brazil, Sweden and South Africa in severe heat and cold, monsoon rains, high altitudes as well as rushing rivers, arid deserts and potholed roads.

The Ranger has made motoring history by becoming the first ever pick-up to achieve a maximum 5 Star rating under the Euro NCAP crash test protocol, scoring 89 per cent for overall safety - the best score ever earned by a pick-up.

Ranger's advanced safety protection begins with a reinforced passenger cell in high-strength steel throughout. Side curtain airbags are standard on all Rangers, protecting both rows of occupants in Double Cab and Super Cab models.

Muscular new powertrains are at the heart of the Ranger, giving power to get the job done while delivering maximum fuel economy.

The 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder diesel engine has peak torque output of 375Nm and power output of 150PS while the 3.2 litre Duratorq TDCi five-cylinder diesel engine boasts a stump-pulling torque of 470Nm and power rated at 200PS.

The Ranger is available in either two- or four-wheel drive versions with six-speed transmissions in both manual and automatic from. All the engines have also been calibrated to meet the most stringent emission standards worldwide, including Euro Stage V.