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A facelift and extra models have refreshed Ford's new Ranger ute range

12 May 2009

FORD’S one-tonne ute has done well since its arrival in 2007, keeping up in the sales race with all of its key competitors except for the leader of the pack, the Toyota HiLux. Now, a styling refresh and additional models have been overlayed on a mechanical and body specification essentially unchanged from the PJ Ranger series introduced just two years ago. The Ranger still has obvious hangover components from its predecessor, the Courier, such as the umbrella handbrake, but there’s nothing old-school about the Ranger’s engines or chassis dynamics.
Model release date: 1 May 2009 to 1 August 2011

Previous model

PJ Ford Ranger

Released: January 2007
Ended: May 2009
Family Tree: Ranger

THE Ford Ranger was released early in 2007 with new engines, transmission and body fitted to a revised ladder chassis. The Ranger replaced the Courier, with the new nameplate becoming available to Ford when another manufacture’s right to use the name in Australia expired. Ford dispensed with the Courier’s petrol engine for the new Ranger, instead offering an entry-level 2.5-litre TD produces 105kW and 330Nm and a 3.0-litre TD that pumped out 115kW and 380Nm.

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