The range of pick-ups on the Czech market has thinned out considerably in recent years. The Renault Alaskan, a sibling of the Nissan Navara, was recommended, the memory of the Fiat Fullback seems to be from prehistoric times. The idea of a premium pick-up didn’t work too well, so we also said goodbye to the Mercedes X-Class in 2020. Only a few regulars remain, including the Volkswagen Amarok and the Ford Ranger, which are blood siblings from the new generation.
The history of the Ranger is over forty years long. During that time, five generations were created, the last and brand new already on the modern T6 platform. Among other things, this means maintaining an honest frame chassis, the external dimensions have changed only minimally. The latest Ranger has a wheelbase extended by 50 millimeters, and the wheel track has improved by 60 mm.
Nevertheless, you will not confuse the car with its predecessor. The novelty has a brand new nose with a robust grille, so it now looks much more like the larger F-150 in style. The tested specimen is embellished with rich Wildtrak equipment (above it is only the luxuriously conceived Platinum), which you can recognize thanks to the studded 18s, anthracite details, longitudinal roof rails or the four-wheel drive supplied as standard.
“Workday” with everything
But be careful, don’t pigeonhole Ranger as just another perfumed style. This car does not forget its origins and primary focus. You can load one Europallet (even two in the Single Cab version) and up to a ton of cargo onto the body.
At the same time, the body has countless smart solutions that make everyday life easier for workers – a sliding bar with four eyes for securing cargo, moldings for installing your own distributors, lighting, integrated electrical sockets, a drink holder, a beer opener, a ruler… Very easy to access from the rear it can cost a full-fledged workbench. An electrically controlled aluminum roller blind, which you can close with a button in the trunk or inside the interior, will definitely come in handy.
Like in a passenger car
The side steps are not just for show. When swinging out, they really come in handy in the cabin, as do the grab bars located on the first pair of posts. With the height of the seat, the Ranger can put several SUVs in its pocket. When you drive in a convoy, the traffic around you suddenly seems to consist of children’s toy cars to control.
That inside you will have to forgive such traditional ailments of commercial cars? Nowhere. In the cabin, the Ranger feels like any other passenger car. In addition, very well equipped. I have a modern multimedia system with a 12″ screen, seconded by ten-inch digital clocks. Over-the-air updates? Sure. Wireless phone charging? Nothing! Add to that the comfortable leather and vinyl seats, a solid amount of space in both rows, and you get a car that is usable for a wide range of users.
The right engine
As I outlined in the introduction, the Ranger can use a gasoline engine, but only in the top and specific Raptor version. The everyday variants rely on two-liter turbodiesels (170 and 205 hp), above which sits a three-liter V6 with a power of 240 hp and a huge 600 newton meter torque!
You will know the correct number of cylinders after the first step on the gas pedal, when the engine propels the entire engine room forward accompanied by a sympathetic hum. Don’t expect an athletic push from a standstill, but rather a powerful pull under any circumstances, which is typical for bulky diesels. Despite the decent parameters, as if the engine encourages you to drive more comfortably and accelerate smoothly, which is greatly helped by pairing with a 10-speed automatic. His shifting sometimes seems endless.
The Ranger can also move briskly, but at a really high pace, the negatives begin to show – it takes quite a bit of work to fold the almost 5.4-meter little thing into a turn, and it doesn’t react so willingly to a sudden change of direction. And in such a case, the brakes also get a lot of work, from which I might have expected a slightly more pronounced start.
A frame chassis with a rigid rear axle, a sophisticated four-wheel drive with a differential lock, fair ground clearance and approach angles… it is a matter of course that the Ranger will not get lost off-road and off-road. However, I was pleasantly surprised by its usability as a normal car. It still fits in the underground garage of the shopkeeper and even though it wears more off-road tires, on the asphalt it is a comfortable and well-damped transporter, even with an empty body, in which you don’t have to be afraid even for a long distance. And consumption? Eleven liters with a little effort, without it the average consumption settles around 13 l/100 km. This is decent considering the size and character of the car, especially with the large 80 liter tank.
The new Ranger stands out for its versatility. It works great as a normal car, a long-distance family transporter, but also as a companion in discomfort or for hard-working DIYers. With the right engine, it’s simply a cure for all men’s worries!
The price list starts at 1.2 million for the weaker of the two-liter diesels. You can buy the six-cylinder turbodiesel with Wildtrak equipment for 1,684,320 CZK. Would you rather have six cylinders with the smell of petrol? It may be, but prepare at least 1.9 million for the top Raptor.
|Ford Ranger Wildtrak V6
|six-cylinder fork, turbocharger
|176 kW (240 hp) at 3,250 rpm
|600 Nm at 1,750 rpm
|automatic, 10 degrees
|2 300 kg
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h
|10.1 l/100 km
|Fuel tank volume
|Wheels and tires
|5 370/1 910/1 884 mm
|3 270 mm
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