The Ranger’s naked chassis is intended for construction, utilities, forestry, and rescue operators.
Ford’s pick-up trucks have been the pinnacle of utilitarian forms of transportation, capable of doing almost anything, from hauling heavy loads to crossing dunes in dirt rallies. The number of variants Ford offers in its pickup range is virtually unmatchable by the competition.
Ford takes the customization-for-all theme to the next level by launching a chassis cab variant of its popular Ford Ranger in Europe. The lineup is aimed at customers who need customized trucks to run specific businesses and specialized operations.
The Ranger chassis cab, available as a single-cab and XL-body style, will be powered by a 2.0-liter Ecoboost 4-cylinder diesel engine putting out a respectable 167 horsepower and a massive 309lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission, although the driver can manually change the drive system from 4-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.
The chassis cab should be of great interest for many industries due to its attractive towing capacity of 7,716 lb and a gross vehicle weight of 7,209 lb. Additionally, the Ranger single cab allows a conversion length of 2,518 mm behind the cab. The Ranger chassis cab also features a low-range mode plus a ground clearance of 237 mm and a wading depth of up to 800 mm, allowing it to tackle rugged terrain without any problem.
Customers can also use Ford’s extensive network of over 160 qualified vehicle modifiers in 13 markets. These shops offer warranty-approved bespoke conversions based on each customer’s specific needs.
Ford will begin sales of the Ranger Chassis cab in January in Europe. Unfortunately, no information has been released about the price or a possible North-American launch yet.