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Ford to launch Ranger in the USA




Ford to launch the Ranger in the USA…but with a difference

In early 2018 Ford USA announced the mid-2018 launch of the Australian-developed Ranger pick up in North America. The ‘Ranger’ nameplate has been absent from the US market for five years, but has now been reintroduced to meet the perceived need for a somewhat downsized pick up from the F-150 size.

However, the Australian-market 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel is not part of the specification, mainly because of the infamous ‘dieselgate’ scandal following VW’s emissions-cheating exercise. Diesels aren’t popular in the USA, in other than large pick ups.

The US Ranger will be powered by the 2.3-litre version of the EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine that debuted in the 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover and was seen here in Falcons.

The 2.3-L engine normally produces 213kW (285 hp) at 5500rpm, with 414Nm of torque at 2750rpm, but in the Ford Mustang EcoBoost it has 231kW (310hp) at 5500 rpm, with 434Nm of torque at 3000 rpm.

The standard transmission is Ford’s 10-speed automatic box.