This is the all-new Ford Ranger, which is a clean-sheet design of Ford's big-selling pick-up truck. It's a fruit of Ford's collaboration with Volkswagen, and is scheduled to arrive in Ireland in 2023. Since we're so far away from it hitting showrooms, we'll have to wait a while for pricing information, but Ford has revealed the truck's fresh look, as well as some technical information. On the outside, the Ranger's design is inspired by the larger US market F-150. Up front are C-shaped daytime running lights flanking a redesigned grille, while at the rear the tailgate has Ranger stamped across it. Opening it reveals a ruler for measuring items, as well as clamps. The bed will also be offered with a 400-Watt inverter, cargo dividers and bed lighting.
What will its rivals be?
Until recently the Ranger had rivals such as the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200 to contend with, but these two are no longer available, so the only challengers to Ford's big-seller at the moment are the Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max and SsangYong Musso. However, Ford's pick-up partner Volkswagen will return with a new Amarok based on the same running gear as the Ranger.
Any tech info?
Like its predecessor, the Ranger uses tech borrowed from the Ford passenger car line-up. Top-spec models will feature a large portrait touchscreen of up to 12 inches that will be equipped with the SYNC4 infotainment system with voice control and online connectivity. Digital dials will also appear, while auto-equipped models will feature a stubby gear selector and electronic parking brake to make more space on the centre console. Under the skin, the chassis has been completely re-engineered with new suspension that should deliver improved on-road comfort without harming the Ranger's off-road ability. New suspension has also made more space in the load bed.
What will the range be like?
Expect the model line-up to be similar to the outgoing Ranger’s. So that means Wildtrak and performance-focused Raptor models at the top of the range, while chassis cab, single cab and extended cab body styles will cater for the needs of business users. The current car's 2.0 EcoBlue diesels will continue (albeit with performance and efficiency tweaks), while a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel will also join the line-up. Expect this to be seen in the top-spec models connected to Ford's 10-speed automatic gearbox, which has also been revamped.
The new Ranger will have some big shoes to fill, because the current car is the best pick-up truck for sale today. However, Ford has many years of truck building experience behind it, so it's sure to move the market on and offer a genuine alternative to an SUV in the process.