Ranger a game-changer

Ford leads us by the nose to a new pick-up, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

Ranger will be sold in 180 coun­tries and will go pub­lic in Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 15.

Pro­to­types have al­ready cov­ered more than 1,000,000km dur­ing tests, head­ing from Mel­bourne to the Euro­pean Alps and the deserts of the Mid­dle East.

‘‘Aus­tralia has played a lead­ing role in the devel­op­ment of this lat­est global Ford prod­uct,’’ pres­i­dent of Ford Asia Pa­cific and Africa Joe Hin­richs says.

Hin­richs makes no men­tion of the Mazda BT-50, even though it will be built at the same fac­tory in Thai­land as the Ranger.

Ford says the new Ranger will be more pow­er­ful, with bet­ter fuel econ­omy thanks to a new en­gine fam­ily, as well as promis­ing out­stand­ing tow­ing and pay­load.

It also says the cabin of the Ranger has the equip­ment and re­fine­ment ex­pected in a car.

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