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Ford has unveiled the new version of its mid-sized pick-up truck, the iconic Ford Ranger.

"The all-new Ranger is designed for today's midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends", said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing at Ford.

"This is not about bringing the global Ranger here to the US and selling it in our dealerships", said Todd Eckert, Ford trucks marketing manager.

Our current 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel engines will likely remain, with a few tweaks, but the range-topping Ranger Raptor, to be unveiled in Bangkok next month, will be powered by a new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine producing around 150kW and 470Nm in front of a 10-speed automatic.

Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrewcab configurations. Ford isn't yet releasing pricing, but it will be competitive with other midsize trucks. But to meet USA safety standards and customer expectations, the frame was reinforced with high-strength steel. "When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you've got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment". The more off-road friendly FX4 Off Road pack will kit the Ranger with specialist shock absorbers, all-terrain tyres, a front bash plate, and frame-mounted skid plates. It has a terrain management system that automatically adjusts the transmission and vehicle controls for driving in snow, mud or sand. Ford says that will give the truck the power of a V6 engine with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder.

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The Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max are also due for minor model-year updates. Other variants will feature Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Lots of modern entertainment and connectivity options will be available, like Ford's SYNC3 system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system will be standard on the XLT and Lariat trims.

The site also reveals the available colors for the Ford Ranger. The Ford+Alexa personal assistant and 4G LTE modem with WiFi access for up to 10 devices is also optional.

Newer versions of the truck are sold in roughly 180 markets around the world.

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