A few weeks back, the folks at Ford Philippines sent us a press kit that came in a small labeled package. What’s inside is a nice little blue pick-up truck that works as a flash drive. We obviously knew jack, because all feelings of amusement turned into obsessive adoration when we saw its real-life counterpart at the 2012 Manila International Auto Show this month.
That little flash drive is nowhere near the All-New Ford Ranger. Dare we say that this double cab pick up truck is the fanciest among the bunch in this year’s automobile festivities?
Available in three variants – the 4x2 XLT in either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and the 4x4 XL in manual transmission – it is engineered and tested to capably carry a load of 1,400 kilograms. The Ranger is also available with a choice of two new diesel engines: Ford's Duratorq TDCi 2.2-liter VG Turbo or the Duratorq TDCi 2.2-liter Turbo.
The all-new Ranger's styling is dominated by Ford's signature three-bar grille. Its short-front overhang and raked back windscreen give the truck a more modern, aerodynamic look. It also boasts larger headlamps, bigger mirrors and stamped-in wheel lips which give an incorporated gaze across all series and contribute to its sporty stance.
The Ranger is much larger than the model it's replacing, but thanks to its responsive steering system, it remains easy to park and maneuver along narrow city streets. The vehicle even has an 80-liter fuel tank that can potentially reach 1,000 kilometers in one inning.
But it’s the massive space inside that’s got the whole vroom community talking. The B-pillar on the rear seats, for one, has been moved forward to deliver more leg room and knee clearance. Claims have even been made that three adult passengers – at least two of them six-footers – can still comfortably sit beside each other. Even the glove box is large enough to carry a 16-inch laptop, and the door pockets can easily fit 1.5 water bottles.
"It is the first pickup truck to be built under the One Ford strategy and has benefited tremendously from the full engineering expertise of Ford around the world," says Vinay Piparsania of Ford Group Philippines. "This has enabled us to deliver a truck with no compromise, a truck that provides customers around the world with quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology in one complete package."
Officially going on-sale this July, the 2.2 liter Ranger 4x4 XL will come at P1.179 million, while the 2.2 liter Ranger XLT 4x2 AT comes at P1.069 million. The latter’s manual counterpart on the other hand will come at P1.069 million. Now we can only afford its flash drive counterpart for now, but maybe you can! So visit www.ford.com.ph for more details.