Released in two completely different versions, the Ford Ranger is the pickup of choice for many people due to its competence in gliding over smooth pavements and treading on rough terrain. With two distinct models out in the market—one for North America and one sold internationally—the Ford Ranger showed that it could make diverse products, both with specially-crafted features and provided with innovative mechanisms tailor-made for specific needs of the version, and at the same time giving the world a taste of unified reliability and durability with its trucks.
The American model (1983-2012)
The North American version of the Ranger was manufactured in 1982 for the 1983 year model and ended production in 2011. It received several updates during its 29-year production run namely the 1989 model year facelift, the coming of the second-generation model in 1993, another facelift—this time for the 1998 year model, and some small second-generation cosmetic changes for the 2001, 2004, and 2006 model years.
The international version (1998-present)
Outside North America, the Japanese-built Mazda B-Series was became the Courier in 1971, which later on became the Ranger people know and love in 1998. The work horse of Ford Motor Company established itself to have car-like steering, superb road performance, high towing capacity, grunty diesel, accommodating cabin and storage space, well-sized tray, and plush interior design.
The product is being sold around the world as part of the company’s One Ford strategy. All in all there are 20 variants comprising single cabs (single-cab chassis, single-cab ute); super cabs (extended-cab chassis, extended-cab ute); and double cabs (dual-cab chassis, dual-cab ute).
There are also “Hi-Rider” versions with raised suspension; two main trim levels (XT and XLT, of which the latter gives more convenience/comfort features such as dual-zone climate control, floor carpets, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and privacy glass); and a choice of 4 x 2 or 4 x 4.
Internationally-sold Ford Rangers are powered by a 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel engine, connected to an optional six-speed automatic. They are even taller, longer, and wider than before. With a 3350-kilogram towing capacity, the Ranger is one of the most picked dual-cab segments—an ultra-versatile vehicle that can help with the trade during the week while transporting the family in the weekend. The vehicle is praised for its smooth ride, with passengers experiencing little to no bouncing. The diesel is refined, with the vehicle not producing rattle under acceleration.