As you may know already, Ford introduced the all-new 2012 Ranger at this year’s Australian Motor Show in Sydney, but what you didn’t know is that the manufacturer plans to expend the platform used by the vehicle, from pickup-only at launch to an SUV variant. The new SUV is expected in late 2012 at the earliest, and according to our sources.
For those who don’t know, the new Ford Ranger was developed in collaboration with Mazda (the Mazda BT50 is actually a redesigned Ford Ranger), which means that the Japanese manufacturer could also consider a new SUV based on the BT50.
The new car is expected to carry the same engines found on the 2012 Ranger. For those who don’t know, Ford introduced three new engines on its compact pickup truck: a 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine with peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110 kW (150 PS); a 3.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I5 diesel engine with a powerful 470 Nm of torque and power rated at 147 kW (200 PS); and a 2.5-litre Ford Duratec I4 petrol engine with more power at 122 kW (166 PS). The last engine can also be configured for E100 flexible fuel capability or aftermarket upfitted to run on CNG or LPG.
First and foremost, the 2012 Ford Ranger is all about functionality and less on aesthetics, chief designer at Ford, Craig Metros, said during an interview. The new design, which was dubbed as the “Ranger Tough Truck” design, is designed to meet the demands of various markets around the world.
The design, the engineer revealed, is the result of a worldwide research that targeted consumers that drive and use trucks in their business or everyday lives. Metros noted that, despite the wide distribution between the targets of the research, there were noted similarities in preferences that were shared by the respondents.
These preferences, Metros said, dictated that the next Ford Ranger model would have to be one that can withstand heavy payloads without breaking, but also remain comfortable for the passengers and driver that will go into the cabin of the truck.
Those attributes are what the Ford Ranger 2012 edition had in store for consumers. Also called the ‘21st Century Tough,’ the design gives the 2012 Ford Ranger a redesigned exterior appearance that can only be described as bold and muscular.
One look at the new Ford Ranger and people can sense the power and performance of the car’s engine, as well as the truck’s capabilities themselves. With the new design, the 2012 Ford Ranger is expected to be attractive for both new and old generation of truck owners.
Metros emphasized that, with the Ford Ranger, there was no need for gimmicky design elements. A design that ensures functionality was the only concept that could fit for the Ford Ranger group, which he said was a line that is meant to get the job done first, appeal to eyes later.
The exterior design is minimalist to the point that the Ford Ranger can be home anywhere in the world, from the narrow streets of Europe to the bustling centers of Melbourne, Australia and the off-road environments outside of the big cities. The Ford Ranger lineup was also joined by new models, including the Ford Ranger Limited Edition and the Ranger Wildtrak.