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The Truck: Ford Ranger 4×2 (2007)

12:00 am | Monday, 29th, 2007

The Ford scored a major upset this year when it defended its Pickup of the Year against a couple of larger That was the previous model. Now a sized, super powered, and Ranger steps into the

The Ranger continues the no-nonsense of its predecessor, with a billet-style grille that will to propagate within the company’s lineup. Simple and straightforward to have been the design

To see how the all-new pickup measures up, we two versions, a 4×2 Trekker and the range-topping 4×4 Both trucks looked brawny, with bulky cladding and massive wheels, and of them seems to have attuned for specific driving

On the Road

For on-road duties, we aboard the Ranger Trekker The Trekker is not ridiculously tall so in and out is easy, even without a But its eye height is still elevated, an excellent view of the road and us to see over passenger cars.

The Ford Ranger feels for Philippine roads. Driving of its rivals is like shopping for using a forklift. The Ranger is longer than other pickups but its moderate width it to dart easily through and gaps in highway processions. maneuvers easier still is the hood, easily visible the driver’s chair. All of these to a nimble, more compact

The tall, upright cabin modern and decidedly more than before. Secondary like audio system and onditioning have been high on the dashboard, opening up for a large storage bin and cup holders them. The audio system can MP3 files and adjusts volume to for vehicle speed, but an auxiliary for your iPod is sadly Plastics are hard but the center is finished in shiny silver. The ancient bit here is the twist-and-pull The gauges are the default three-circle backlit in bright green.

The 2.5 turbo diesel is state-of-the-art, common-rail direct injection and 16-valve heads. Power and are more than enough for and highway driving. The engine 143 hp, and 330 Nm at just 1800 rpm. Of all the in the Philippines, the Ranger has the smoothest and engine lineup. Turbo lag is and in-gear acceleration is excellent. The is even capable of pulling from standstill in top gear.

The five-speed manual is a willing allowing for quick, solid Gears are well-spaced, with gear genuinely useful in driving. The lever has been too, making it a convenient away from the steering

The ride is within pickup predictably jiggly, but not uncomfortably so, after a 300 km drive. The Ranger a sweet spot at about 80 to 100 km/h when the ride smoothens out. Road and noise are commendably low, when running at about 150 Rear seat space is now for moderately long journeys.

From our first encounter the Ranger on the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo—through lahar, steep embankments, and crossings—we’ve recognized that the can take you to the abyss and back confidence. That go-anywhere has always been a Ranger and the new model is set to continue the tradition. For part of the test, we switched to the 4×4

Top Gear’s resident 4×4 expert Bargas constructed a special course to highlight the Ranger’s The track looked challenging to say the but the Ranger made easy of it. The truck didn’t so much as the course as beat it into

Rough gravel followed by a low started the sequence. Next was a muddy trail. Despite the traction, with its right plowing through mud and its left on firmer gravel, the pickup through it confidently in four-wheel High. Then a path with wheel-sized boulders the passengers around, with seatbelts clicking on and off like The truck moved steadily without much fuss.

was an enormous 45-degree incline with slippery mud. For we engaged the low-range transfer Foot off the pedal, the Ranger up the slope practically on engine The descent was at a perpendicular angle, so we had to the Ranger around a very plateau. Its maneuverability proved here; a wider-turning vehicle have barrel-rolled down the

The piece de resistance was comprised of water obstacles, each one the pickup in 600 mm of Batangas’ muddiest. the Ranger seemed hewn out of a block of metal, none the for wear after repeated at the course.

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The Ranger 4×4 is propelled by a 3.0-liter engine. 156 hp and a massive 380 Nm at just 1800 rpm allow it to its way out of the stickiest terrain. The limited-slip differential, reportedly the tightest in the gave the truck superior The manual gearbox was ideal for but there’s an optional five-speed One indication of the Ranger 4×4’s is the position of the transfer-case lever. It just at the driver’s right ready to be engaged without the leaning forward or having to around for it.

On the Track

This is the part gave us some serious We knew we weren’t at the Batangas Circuit just to play the cows, but we were still when the pickup started down the track. Deep mud may be the natural habitat, but a high-speed course? Formula 3 team and race driver Pepon showed us the lines around BRC let us have our turn thrashing the 4×2

This part of the morning was the revelation. The truck’s handling was and linear even through the hairpins. It remained obedient at the limit of adhesion. The recirculating-ball may have been optimized for work, but it was sufficiently precise for the

The brakes, equipped with ABS and EBD, were the most asset here, allowing deep into the corners. We thought that we’d be drifting a pickup on a racetrack, but the pulled it off nicely.

As befits its character, the new Ranger look like a spaceship or a it’s clearly designed as a practical workhorse. The cabin is but the load bed size has not been for it. The best drivetrain in the market can and haul well above its New Ranger picks up properly the original, offering attractive looks that disguise performance.

By Jason K. Ang | Photos By Ang

As Published in The Manila Bulletin


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