Ford Ranger is currently Ford’s best-selling pickup in Europe, delivering over 23,000 units since the start of 2017, that is a 12.1 percent increase compared to last year, and marks the best year for the Ranger since it launched. Having said that, the blue oval isn’t ready to come up with its successor just yet even if people have been talking about a next generation Ford Ranger. So instead of doing so, the automaker will reveal a special version they call the “Black Edition” instead. Expect to see this wow audiences at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month.
The Black Edition will solely be based on the Limited trim, and it will be featuring an Absolute Black paint, de-chromed, and a blacked-out grille, alloy wheels, bed bars and exterior details to match the look.
Some of the features this limited edition version includes would be a set of gadgets like the satellite navigation and SYNC 3 multimedia system, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display, front parking sensors and rear view camera and dual-zone electric climate control. The power folding door mirrors are now heated, while it gets a set of seats with leather trim.
In an interview, general manager of commercial vehicles in Ford Europe, Hans Schep, describes the Black Edition Ranger as a vehicle that customers appreciate, because of its tough nature that allows it to go anywhere, combined with its rugged and masculine look. Schep also said that he expects the special edition Ranger to be out in the market in a blink of an eye.
As for the engine, the automaker did not mention any upgrade about it. So if that is the case, expect it to still have a few engine options available - that is a 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts) or a 160 horsepower (119 kw) 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, there will also be a 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) 3.2 liter five-cylinder TDCI engine. Customers can either choose from a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic that may be available depending on your engine choice.
The Black Edition Ranger will only be produced in a limited quantity as I have mentioned earlier, and to be more specific, only 2,500 examples. And all these will only be offered in the Double Cab body style. The company has not revealed how much they plan to sell the limited edition model for, but expect it to be more expensive as it arrives as the range topping trim.
Will the Ford Ranger continue its success rate with the current model year, or should the automaker already give it an upgrade for the next model year?