Ford recently launched the 2011 Ranger at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The new 2011 Ford Ranger’s new look is bold, powerful and confident, and will be the new face for compact pickup truck customers in 180 markets around the world. Unfortunately, it is available everywhere around the globe but the U.S.
The new 2011 Ford Ranger gets a new fresh design with Ford’s trademark front grille that can be seen recently in the Ford Explorer, Taurus and Fusion. As we can see, the Ranger takes much of the design cues from the Ford Explorer and Edge with its bulging front fenders, high engine hood, and a more compact design.
“Compact pickups are hugely important to customers in many regions of the world,” said Jim Farley, group vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service. “For many, it’s the only vehicle in a household headed by a hard-working person others depend on. These people need a truck that can get the job done – and they’ll be amazed how Ranger’s smart new technologies make the job easier. And increasingly, they’re also looking for the kinds of features, technologies, spaciousness and refinement you’d expect in a car, and Ranger is just as innovative here.”
Although the new 2011 Ford Ranger is compact and agile, it able to handle about 3,300 pounds of payload capacity. Beneath the engine cover, you will find the strong 3.2-liter 5-cylinder Duratorq turbocharged diesel engine that produces about 200 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. There will be three engines offered, with one being a gasoline engine. All three engine will be using the same six-speed manual and automatic transmissions to handle shifting detail.
Again, this is unfortunate for U.S. customers, the 2011 Ford Ranger will only making its way into 180 countries with three cab options, two-wheel and four-wheel drive options, and two ride heights are available as well. Hopefully, we will see Ford changes its mind and let it slips into the U.S. market.