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Ford’s new Ranger goes all-turbo-diesel to tackle the heavyweights of LCV market

15 Feb 2007

FORD has been doing it tough in the light commercial ute segment with the long-running Courier, suffering from a lightweight name and a lightweight reputation. But that all changes with the new Ranger, which was launched at the start of 2007 with a bolder look and a pair of modern new turbo-diesel engines that give it the guts and looks to make some inroads into Toyota’s runaway HiLux, Holden’s Rodeo, Nissan’s Navara and even Mitsubishi’s Triton. Compared to the old Courier, the Ranger is more powerful and offers increased towing ability but maintains a one-tonne-plus payload across the range.
Model release date: 1 February 2007 to 1 May 2009

Previous model

Ford PE/PG Courier

Released: 1999
Ended: 2006
Family Tree: Ranger

The PE model was only the third all-new Courier in 20 years. Built in Thailand, the pickup and cab-chassis Couriers came with a revamped body, interior, steering and suspension, on a stronger and more rigid frame offering greater safety, refinement and comfort. Two engines were available initially, a carryover 2.6-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 92kW/206Nm and a 2.5-litre turbo-diesel ‘four’ with 86kW/280Nm. Two manual gearboxes were offered, along with the option of a four-speed automatic on some 2WD models. From November ’02 a new nose featuring an "F-series truck-like" nose for a tougher appearance was introduced in the revised PG Courier, along with the option of ‘freestyle’ doors on certain crew-cab models. In August ’04 another round of minor trim and specification changes heralded the PH Courier, while a 154kW/323kW 4.0-litre V6 was added.

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