The Ford Ranger has been launched in the US to satisfy burgeoning demand in the mid-size pick-up truck market.
Announced at the Detroit motor show, the Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Amarok rival enters a class that has grown by 83% since 2014 in the US. In comparison, the segment grew in the UK by a mere 6% from 2016 to 2017.
The pick-up, which gets a sharper look in 2018 facelift form, features a bespoke chassis set-up to cater to US tasted and uses Ford’s 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, as opposed to one of the diesel units offered in the UK.
The Ranger comes in three forms: regular, super or double cab. The latter adds an extra row of seats and has four doors.
“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Ford's boss of product development and purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang. “The new Ranger is designed for today’s mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”
Ford discontinued the Ranger in the North American market back in 2011.The market is home to Ford’s best-selling model, the larger F-150 pick-up. The latest Ranger was launched in the UK in 2012.