Amid fledgling sales in a hyper-competitive market, Ford has thus far struggled to find its footing in China, where the automaker has been developing models specifically for customers in that country for years now. With that strategy failing, The Blue Oval has instead shifted its focus to building and selling existing off-road pickups and SUVs in China via dedicated storefronts, a list that includes the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger, the latter of which will be called “Youqixia” in that market, which is Chinese for Ranger. However, the name of the Chinese Ford Ranger isn’t the only thing that will be different compared to the pickup’s counterparts from other parts of the world, it seems.
Perhaps most notable is the fact that the Chinese Ford Ranger won’t utilize the 10-speed automatic transmission that the mid-size pickup (and many other Blue Oval models) is equipped with in other markets. Rather, Ford will install the ZF Sachs ZF8HP eight-speed automatic gearbox in Chinese-built Rangers, which will be mated to the turbocharged 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost engine, rated to produce 190 kW (255 horsepower) and 450 Nm (332 pound-feet) of torque in that market.
The other big change present on the Chinese Ranger is its coil spring suspension with Watts linkage, which replaces the leaf spring setup present in models sold elsewhere. This particular suspension setup is similar to the one used in the Everest, which is an SUV based on the Ranger.
The very first Ford Ranger pickups sold in China will be what’s known as “Wildtrak 1st Edition” models, which will be limited to just 800 units. This special model also comes equipped with locking front and rear differentials, Trail Turn Assist, an integrated winch, beadlock-capable wheels, and steel bumpers. Set to be build locally for Chinese customers by the joint venture Jiangling Ford, pricing for the Chinese market Ford Ranger Wildtrak 1st Edition starts out at 268,000 yuan ($37,713 USD).