The Ford Ranger, one of the strongest and sturdiest-built vehicles ever seen in the mid-sized truck range has been on the roads for nearly 3 decades in a row, with various modifications and new features added almost every year. Though the old model has now been phased out from the Ford’s brochures, it is still alive in the memories of every driver, every road and every terrain it had been driven on. Today with this article, I am going to tell you about all the extra features you could get in the all-new Ranger.
Although the old Ford Ranger was touted as the best off-road vehicle and was tagged as the ‘go anywhere’ truck, the new T6 has been designed with a lot more sex appeal and plenty of legroom. It has 17” phone-dial alloy wheels that appear to be craving to go in the muddy terrains in a bid to relive those all-terrain memories. Despite the innovation in the design, the Ranger is still very sturdy and manly. It looks humongous when on the road and makes other sedans and hatchbacks look like mere ants. It is the tallest design in its class and for that, attracts just one negative point – parking. It is almost impossible to find a parking space for this giant at normal parking places.
Given the sturdiness of the Ranger and the billing of sheer muscle value it carries, its interiors are surprisingly modern with pebble grey plastic that carries a fantastic finishing. The interior is full with storage options on the rear, including utility bins. It also has the biggest in class rear legroom and the seats can be declined to open up an enormous boot space to transport almost anything.
The Ford Ranger is also a great truck to drive with perfect handling on any road with its responsive steering wheel and ABS equipped braking system. The manual XLT now comes with the Ford’s Bluetooth Hands-Free Connectivity system, though the sound quality of the speakers is a bit disappointing when compared to most other vehicles from the Ford family that carry a sound system which is soothing to the ears. So, this one according to me is a real party pooper. But when you have a truck like that which produces a wheezy engine sound when crossed over 4000 RPM, who really needs a sound system to get the party going. Huh? Still not as bad as I may make it sound like, it also has a nice nod to hold the MP3 player and conveniently located auxiliary/USB ports along with two 12V outlets. The oversized extra-large side view mirrors are a blessing in disguise as they are a great help while reverse parking.
The extra power pumped out by the variety of Duratorq engines that Ford has used in the Ford Ranger (as I read in a recent Danish “kraftfuld Ford ranger” article) means that you can easily transport a load of up to 1,340 kg or tow anything up to a massive weight of 3,500 kg as well. Whatever more is said about the truck is not enough for words can’t do justice to the International Pickup award of 2013.
Do you like or hate the Ranger? Have you ever driven it? Tell us its best and worst features according to you.