Ford was rumoured to have been evaluating the Ranger 4×4 pick-up truck for the Indian market. It was speculated that the Ford Ranger Raptor which is the performance-spec version of the pick-up will arrive in the Indian market soon, targeted towards the high mindshare audience looking for a performance-oriented lifestyle SUV. But now spy pictures of the Ford Ranger have emerged on the internet leading us to believe that the brand could be planning to launch the entry-spec model of the Ranger.
The model spied testing is seen on red temporary number plates from the factory and is it in the MY2017 avatar which also leads us to believe that the company might be using the model as a testbed for Ford or Mahindra. The model seen in the spy pictures is the four-door crew cab version or as Ford likes to call it ‘SuperCrew’ that comes with four fully functioning doors.
The Ford Ranger measures 5398mm in length, 2180mm in width, 1873mm in height, 3220mm of the wheelbase. To put things into perspective, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross measures 5295mm in length, 1860mm in width, 1855mm in height and a wheelbase of 3095mm. The Ford Endeavour measures 4903mm in length, 1869mm in width, 1837mm in height and comes with a 2850 mm wheelbase.
In the international market, the Ford Ranger is powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost with a 10-speed automatic SelectShift transmission with Tow/Haul Mode optional 4×4 drivetrain, Terrain Management System, Trail Control, Electronic-Locking Rear Differential, etc. The Raptor is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged CRDi diesel motor that belts out 210 Hp of power and 500 Nm of torque matched to a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
If Ford launches the Ranger in the Indian market, it will directly rival the upcoming BS6 upgraded Isuzu D-Max V-Cross which is the only lifestyle pick up truck in the Indian market.