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Can the Ford Ranger, the brand's new global pick-up, satisfy a more refined palate?

19 August 2009

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20 August 2009

Never thought i would see the day when a western car company takes a exterior design que from a japanese car- This looks exactly like the new Toyota Hilux. Otherwise i think it's not bad for what it's meant to be.

20 August 2009

[quote kurdo_kolene]Never thought i would see the day when a western car company takes a exterior design que from a japanese car- This looks exactly like the new Toyota Hilux.[/quote]

I'm not sure, but I think the underpinnings are Japanese any way.

I know quite a few people that have "traded" out of this sort of vehicle (Mitsubishi's etc) as they are just a little too "industrial" for every day family use.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 August 2009

It does look a lot like the Toyota, which is no bad thing I guess. Still quite unusual for Ford to take styling trends from someone else though. What I don't get is how a modren 3.0TDCi diesel can only generate 150 odd bhp and 280 odd lb ft of torque. Even odder that that's class leading. That's less power and only 20 lb ft more than VW's 2.0l Diesel! If Land Rover could make a Disco pick up with their new 3.0l diesel they'd be laughing!

20 August 2009

[quote nbranfor]What I don't get is how a modren 3.0TDCi diesel can only generate 150 odd bhp and 280 odd lb ft of torque. Even odder that that's class leading.[/quote]

Those engines are built to last upward of 400k miles, same thing as lorry engines, so it's not at all surprising that the power and the torque have been reduced in order to increase the longevity of the motor.

20 August 2009

[quote Autocar]by Ford’s Kinetic styling, a new 154bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine, a proper double cab, heated Alcantara front seats, electric folding door mirrors and a suitably funky centre console and dash with inclinometer.[/quote]

Correct me if i'm wrong but that 3.0-litre has been around for a over a year now. Also doesn't the Navara's 2.5 dish out more torque than the Ranger?

20 August 2009

Still a mile behind the Navara in terms of street cred styling.

20 August 2009

[quote Orangewheels]Still a mile behind the Navara in terms of street cred styling.[/quote] The Navara has street cred?

20 August 2009

[quote Dan McNeil][quote Orangewheels]Still a mile behind the Navara in terms of street cred styling.[/quote] The Navara has street cred?[/quote]

It became popular with builder and contractors (I think courtesy of a decent options list - leather, sat nav.....). Never done anything for me.

Wasn't it the Navara that didn't perform very well in crash tests though?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 August 2009

If this is based on the 2006 model then that only scored 2 stars in NCAP which considering even an Indian water butt could make 5 these days is diabolical.

http://www.euroncap.com/tests/ford_ranger_2008/342.aspx

21 August 2009

Just can't get past that price. Why would anyone spend that money on a poor ride, cramped interior and a really dodgy image. Twentyfive grand still buys an awful lot of proper car or proper 4x4.

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