Blog: Wider sale plans for new Ford US truck
Graeme Roberts | 14 July 2010
Current Ranger for markets outside North America is built by a Ford-Mazda JV in Thailand
The next-generation US/Canada Ford Ranger truck will be sold outside North America.
So says UK consumer magazine Auto Express which has got hold of some 'spy' pictures of the redesign on hot weather test. Built on Ford's T6 platform and due out next year, the new model will be sold elsewhere as part of the blue oval's new global strategy which has already seen the European Fiesta and, soon, the Focus migrate Stateside.
The new truck has a sleeker front end and chunkier rear wheel arches courtesy of the new chassis, which makes it longer and wider than the outgoing model, and will have a new range of I4 engines including 2.2 and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi common-rail diesels, and 2.0-litre EcoBoost and 2.5-litre Duratec petrol engines. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be available with all engines, according to the magazine.
Previous spy-shots have revealed a less utilitarian interior with a multifunction steering wheel backed up by stylish new dials similar to those in the Fiesta and new Focus, it added.
No mention yet of the Ford US-made Mazda B-series clone or future plans for the similar but completely different, Thai-built Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50 twins sold here in the UK and elsewhere.
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