Crack out your banjos, there's a new Ford Ranger in town


In the US, pickup trucks are 10 a penny. They're needed out there because people tend to have things to haul around. Or they want to look a bit hardcore. Over here they're pretty rare, but Ford has updated its Ranger pickup for those of us that do actually need them.

As you'd expect it's pretty huge, standsing at 5.35m long by 1.85m wide and 1.85m tall. To put that into perspective – a Ford Focus hatch is 4.36m long.
The reason for its massive dimensions is simple – it's a global product. More than 180 countries are going to be offered the Ranger, so it has to be a size to fit each market comfortably. Still, that means parts should be easy to find if you break down mid-world trek.

It's no soft roader, either. It comes with all the standard off road 'bits' to ensure you can go nuts in a swamp if the mood takes you. Handily, it'll tow 3,350kgs, carry 1,340kgs (or a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition) and can wade through 800mm of water (which is the same as a Unimog). So a modern-day Indiana Jones might just favour the new Ranger.

There's a choice of two diesel engines under the bonnet – a 3.2-litre five-cylinder unit with 147PS and a giant 346lb ft of torque or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder lump with 276lb ft and 120PS. Both should be ample to get the Ranger's 1791-2083kg bulk around.

The best bit about the new Ranger, aside from its angry looks, is its price. A basic single cab will set you back £15,515. That's not bad for such a versatile vehicle... Even if its 228-281g/km CO2 emissions are a little on the high side.
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