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Ford Ranger, 2019, front
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Ford Ranger, 2019, rear
Ford Ranger, 2019, gear lever
Ford Ranger, 2019, load bed
Ford Ranger, 2019, interior

A REVISED Ranger pick-up truck has been announced by Ford with more onboard technology and a 2.0-litre diesel engine.

Replacing the current 2.2-litre TDCi engine the new EcoBlue diesel is available in three states of tune offering power outputs of 130, 170 and 213ps.

The two higher powered versions will also be available with a 10-speed automatic gearbox which Ford says improves fuel efficiency by up to nine per cent.

Officially the new engine is rated at 35.3mpg for the 130ps Ranger, 34 to the gallon in the 170ps version and 30.7 in the high power model.

Emissions are 209, 216 and 228g/km respectively and all powertrains are mated to a four-wheel-drive set up.

The new Ranger will be available in regular, super and double cab body styles and comes with Ford's SYNC 3 connectivity and FordPass Connect systems.

It also features the Ford MyKey system which allows fleet managers to programme the vehicle to limit the driver's speed and radio volume, and to permanently switch on active safety features.

Other safety systems include pre-collision sensors with pedestrian detection and a speed limiter.

For the first time, the Ranger offers Ford's KeyFree System and the tailgate lock is now integrated into the central locking system.

As before, the Ranger can operate both on and off-road and has an 800mm wading depth, 230mm of ground clearance, an approach angle of 29 degrees and departure angle of 21 degrees.

Towing capability is up to 3.5 tonnes with a maximum payload capacity of 1,252kg.

The latest Ranger also gets some styling revisions with a new-look front bumper and grille with higher specification models coming with bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights.

Interior changes include a black gloss trim and automatic models feature an upgraded gear lever.

The new Ranger is due for release in the middle of the year. Prices have still to be announced but the current line up is available from £23,814 including VAT.

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