The Ford Ranger is one of the automaker’s best-selling models across the globe, and is available in a number of different configurations and trim levels. That now includes a Ford Ranger Chassis Cab model for the European market that’s the ideal donor vehicle for a variety of conversions to suit specialist industries including construction, utilities, forestry, military, and rescue operators.
The new Ford Ranger Chassis Cab uses a body-on-frame construction to create a tough donor vehicle that maximizes the number of potential conversion options. Ford anticipates that the Ranger Chassis Cab’s combination of four-wheel-drive-enhanced off-road capability, durability, and fuel-efficient EcoBlue diesel powertrain will drive interest from the construction, utility, blue light, and recovery sectors, among others.
Available in single-cab body style and XL trim, the Ranger Chassis Cab is the newest addition to the Ranger lineup that has been Europe’s best-selling pickup each year since 2015. Ranger Chassis Cab customers will also benefit from Ford’s network of more than 160 Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) converters in 13 markets to expertly deliver warranty-approved bespoke vehicles for specialist applications.
The Ranger’s chassis features a heavy-duty rear leaf spring suspension and a flat rear surface for converters to build upon, providing a base for conversions up to 3,270 kilograms (7,209 pounds) of gross vehicle mass. The single cab design permits a maximum conversion length behind the cab of 2,518 millimeters (99 inches).
The Ranger Chassis Cab also features a wading depth of up to 800 mm (31 inches), 237 mm (9.3 inches) of ground clearance, and a short front overhang for optimized approach angles. The chassis cab pickup provides 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) of maximum towing capacity as well.
The Ranger Chassis Cab is powered by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBlue I-4 diesel that’s rated to produce 170 PS (167 horsepower) and 420 Nm (310 pound-feet) of torque, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. A selectable four-wheel-drive system is standard, while a low range setting improves performance on steep hills and soft surfaces. Customers requiring even more all-off capability can specify an electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tires with an off-road tread pattern.
Ford’s European network of QVM converters offers the expertise businesses require to produce safe, Ford-certified, bespoke vehicles. The company worked closely with converters to optimize the Ranger Chassis Cab’s potential for a wide range of conversions such as box bodies, tippers, and cherry pickers. All QVM conversions come with a warranty that matches those offered on Ford’s standard vehicles.
Customers can further enhance their vehicle with Ford Special Vehicle Options’ range of solutions, including a trailer tow electrical connector, high-performance batteries for increased electrical loads, and an interface to link conversions and vehicle signals – for example, to prevent a tipper body from operating unless the vehicle is parked and in neutral.
The Ford Ranger Chassis Cab will be available to order starting in January 2021.