2021 Ford Ranger Australia Concept

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2021 Ford Ranger Australia

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Here’s why, in short: The new Ranger that was aloof alien at the Australian International Auto Show in Sydney is a acceptable accord beyond than accepted versions—so abundant beyond that it ability overlap, to shoppers, with abate F-150 models.

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Almost-F-150-sized Ranger wouldn’t fit so well

“We’re affective it to a position of absolute capability,” explained Schirmer, adage that Ford capital to accommodate “performance administration with this model,” which additionally abominably meant bringing it to a admeasurement that would appear too abutting to overlapping with the F-150 archetypal calendar in North America. Although the new Ranger is about six inches narrower than the F-150, it’s aural aloof two or three inches in length.

Where it will be sold, in markets alignment from the Asia-Pacific arena to South America and South Africa, the new 2012 Ranger is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, or a 3.2-liter in-line five-cylinder turbo-diesel, authoritative 200 hp. The beyond agent makes 347 pound-feet of torque—as abundant as some V-8s. Those engines appear akin to six-speed chiral or automated transmissions; a adaptation of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent and five-speed chiral manual are additionally offered.

While the exoteric of this barter bears a able affinity to the 2011 F-150, the autogenous carries some architecture cues that are allotment of Ford’s new all-around attending (with a axial ambassador and high-mounted screen), as able-bodied as some account adopted from the F-150 as able-bodied as Bosch and DeWalt ability accoutrement and G-Shock watches, according to the automaker. The new barter comes with the all the adapted connectivity appearance including an iPod adapter and Bluetooth, as able-bodied as steering-wheel controls.

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Shrinking appeal for compacts

Overall, the bunched barter articulation is beneath than a division the admeasurement it was aloof a decade ago—from one actor per year bottomward to about 230,000.

Ford’s Schirmer attributes this to several things; one of them is that the Ranger’s longtime afterglow in aggregation fleets has started to fade. A lot of Ranger buyers were agile purchasers, allotment that archetypal alone because of price, Schirmer said. “It was generally times alone a acquirement because it was an bargain Ford product, not as a pickup.” Which, at the aforementioned time, consistently bound what could be done to accumulate the archetypal updated.

Then on the personal-use side, abounding Rangers were bought by commuters, who didn’t absolutely charge a truck. There, too, it was because buyers artlessly capital a low-price, fuel-efficient Ford. “It aloof happened to be a auto truck,” Schirmer quipped. “If you charge a auto to work, you’re affairs an F-Series.”

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And those appraisement boundaries ability accept been accepting somewhat abashed as of late. According to the Detroit News, it ability alone amount $20 a ages added to get into an F-150.

Larger F-150 ancestors makes faculty for Ford

“Ford capital added bodies to be in the F-150 family,” said Jesse Toprak, carnality admiral for industry trends at TrueCar. “There are activity to be net losses” in agreement of sales, added Toprak, but he thinks that the accommodation will save them money on both the assembly side—with economies of scale—and with marketing, giving them a bright artefact message.

As Ford strives to aftermath alike added F-150 models to fit chump needs—including bigger ammunition efficiency—the Ranger “becomes beneath accordant in North America,” according to Schirmer.

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However, the F-150 isn’t yet as affordable or as fuel-efficient as the Ranger. It’s abutting in some trims, but the abject Ranger’s 22 mpg city, 27 artery EPA appraisement is still able-bodied advanced of alike the abject 2011 Ford F-150 V-6, which has been rated at 16/23.

Ford is anticipating that abounding business buyers will move into a Transit Connect, or into a abject F-150 V-6, while added buyers ability either move up to an F-150 or into a added fuel-efficient Focus or Fiesta. “We’re not as abundant on the barter ancillary as we already were,” said Schirmer.

[Detroit News; Media Ford]

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