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Ford Ranger muscles up for US return


Returning to its home market after a six year absence, Ford officially took covers the US spec Ranger on the first day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past weekend.

Heading for production at the Blue Oval's Michigan Assembly plant later this year, the North American adaption of the internally marketed Ranger T6 features a completely redesigned front facia inspired by the updated Edge and F150, and different taillights derived from the latter.

While more extensive than the recently spied facelifted global Ranger, the interior has remained mostly unchanged with an assortment of tech on offer including a eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC 3, a B&O Play sound system, 4G LTE with pairing for up to 10 devices and a full range of safety items including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Information.

Shown in off-road focused FX4 guise which adds all-terrain tyres, off-road specific shock absorbers, front bash plate and skidplate, as well as the four-mode Terrain Management system derived from the F150 Raptor, the Ranger will initially go on sale in a choice of four trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat and FX4) with power coming from the same 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine used in Mustang, Explorer, Focus RS and Edge.

Although no power figures have yet been revealed, the mill will be paired to the now widely used 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors, which Ford claims rates as "one of the most versatile drivetrains in the segments". Other powerunits including a diesel have yet to be announced.

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