FORD Ranger Double Cab Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 7
First production year: 2011
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: Truck
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After almost a year since it launched the Ranger on the Australian and European markets, Ford finally introduced the U.S. version of it in the North American Continent.

Built in the same factory as the Bronco, the 2024 Ranger shared most of its components with its non-American cousins. Still, it had some aces up its sleeves to be more attractive to customers from its home country. In addition, since it was smaller than the F150, it was a better choice for urban environments, and it could also serve as a family car since it was available exclusively with a four-door cabin.

The exterior look resembled those from other continents, featuring big headlights with C-shaped outer daytime running lights and a broad grille between them. The front bumper was neatly continued downwards and featured cutaways with exposed towing hooks, just in case someone gets stuck in the mud. From its sides, the classic four-door pickup look was enhanced by sculptured lines on the doors. Finally, at the back, the five-foot (1.5 m) long bed was wide enough to fit a four-foot (1.2 m) plywood between the wheel arches. In addition, Ford fitted the tailgate with a bottle opener on one side and a hook on the other, and on the edges, it added a ruler and clam pockets, just like on the F150.

Inside, even the lower trim levels got an 8" LCD for the instrument panel and a ten-inch one for the infotainment system. Ford offered a 12" display for the cluster and a 12.4" touchscreen atop the center stack for the higher trim levels. While the standard upholstery was fabric, customers could also choose a leather-wrapped interior.

At the time of launch, Ford offered the Ranger powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, and later it added a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6. The standard transmission for the entire range was the well-known 10-speed automatic. 2WD and 4WD versions were available.

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It would have been a terrible mistake not to offer the U.S. version of the 2024 Ranger without the Raptor flavor since the rest of the world had already got it since 2022, but Ford didn't do that; it waited for it to make it better.

While Europeans, Australians, and other continents got the Ranger in 2022 powered by diesel engines, the Americans didn't want that. So, in 2023, Ford introduced the U.S. version of the Raptor fitted with a 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline powerplant. But that was not the only upgrade that Ranger Raptor got.

They say not to judge a book by its covers, but in this case, the Raptor's skin showed that it was a rugged off-road machine. Its front fascia fitted with LED headlights, the broad grille that proudly boasted FORD lettering on it, and the aluminum shield underneath the bumper were no jokes. From its sides, the 33" BF Goodrich tires wrapped around 17" light-alloy wheels were not just for the look but for their maximum grip. All-wheel arches sported plastic over fenders that covered the wider vehicle's track compared to the regular 2024 Ranger. At the back, the pickup featured a standard step integrated into the rear bumper.

Inside, Ford installed a pair of high-bolstered front seats separated by a tall center console. Thus, their occupants were firmly kept in place. Inside the instrument cluster, the automaker installed a 12.4" LCD. Atop the center stack, it placed a 12-inch touchscreen that ran the latest SYNC 4A infotainment system, which was Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible with wireless connectivity. The bench seat was profiled for two in the back with a tall seatback and integrated headrests. Apart from these upgrades, the Raptor also boasted six pre-installed switches on an overhead console so that customers could add other external features, such as light bars or winches.

But the most significant upgrade was under its skin. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 under the hood sent its power in all corners via a ten-speed automatic transmission and a low-range transfer case. In addition, the Raptor also boasted front and rear diff-locks and a specific suspension made by Fox.

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Ford stepped up its game for the European and Australian markets and introduced the Raptor version for the Ranger lineup, finally offering a high-performance version for this pickup.

While in the U.S., the Raptor was already known for its capabilities offered in the F-150 and the Bronco, Europeans and Australians were left with a mundane, four-pot turbo-diesel engine mated to a ten-speed automatic. But that didn't last too long, and in late 2022 and early 2023, Ford introduced the gasoline-powered version of the Ranger Raptor T6.2.

The Raptor came fitted with a redesigned front fascia, which featured the bold Ford lettering on the grille, flanked by the C-shaped LED daytime running lights. Under the bumper, the automaker installed an aluminum shield to protect the engine from elements and various hits. From its profile, the 17" alloy wheels were fitted with Raptor-exclusive all-terrain tires. To further emphasize the off-road look of the pickup, Ford added black unpainted plastic cladding around the wheel arches and black side steps.

Inside, Ford installed two displays for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system, respectively. The latter was a 12" portrait-mode touchscreen. In addition, the steering wheel boasted the RAPTOR lettering on its lower side. At the front, the automaker installed a pair of Raptor-branded high-bolstered bucket seats in a two-tone color scheme.

But the biggest change came under the hood, where Ford installed a turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline engine that was available in different power versions, depending on the market. Both versions were paired to a ten-speed automatic gearbox and a two-speed transfer case that sent power in all corners.

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Ford introduced the fourth-generation of the Ranger lineup (fifth including the North-American model) in late 2021, even though its sales across Europe and other countries placed it on the top of its segment.

Ford designed the 2021 Ranger with a strong inspiration from its American sibling F-150 and the Bronco. Its C-shaped daytime running lights surrounded the outer sides of the headlights, which flanked the wide, massive grille. The car featured a small front-view camera under the blue-oval logo mounted a few inches below the hood's edge depending on the trim level. Under the bumper, Ford installed two recovery hooks welded directly onto the chassis. The front fenders sported a vent behind the wheel-wells, allowing the warm air to escape the engine compartment. It was a unique feature in its class.

The carmaker placed a step integrated into the rear bumper at the back, which eased up the bed's access. Unlike in the previous versions, Ford stamped the Ranger nameplate onto the tailgate and integrated the third brake light. Thanks to the repositioning of the rear dampers, the bed was wider between the wheel-arches. It was wide enough to fit a Euro-pallet between them.

Inside, the carmaker placed a new SYNC4 infotainment system with an 8" touch screen (landscape mode) or a 12" unit (portrait-mode) as an option. In addition, inside the instrument cluster, the carmaker placed a TFT display that replaced the older analog dials.

Under the hood, Ford announced a two-liter turbodiesel available in two power outputs, or a V6 oil-burner developed with Volkswagen. In addition, a six-speed manual or a ten-speed automatic was available, depending on the version and options. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline powerplant and a hybrid option were available in specific markets.

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FORD Ranger Double Cab photo gallery

After eight years, Ford Ranger returned to the U.S. market, trying to get back its place in the mid-size pickup segment.

Instead of researching a completely new product, the blue-oval brand just adapted the European/Australian Ranger. While that version was good on markets where the regular F-150s looked like monster trucks, in the U.S. was less impressive. Its old chassis and inline-four engines had to deal with Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma, who was doing good on the U.S. market. But Ford knew it couldn't lose.

With its SUV-like front fascia, enhanced by a skid plate under the bumper and LED daytime running lights on top of the headlights, the 2018 Ranger Double cab tried to be the family friend that could jump and help with anything. Its four-door cabin and separated bed proved to be the best choice for a mixed-use vehicle. It could successfully handle the family needs such as school runs and shopping, and on the weekend, it could haul a few thousand pounds up to a mountain lodge.

Inside, the carmaker installed a car-like dashboard with a SYNC infotainment system on top of the center stack. The instrument panel placed in front of the driver showed a center-mounted speedometer flanked by two TFT displays. Ford managed to take the driveshaft lower under the cabin, so there was no hassle on the rear seats. Three people could sit well on the bench, while the front seats offered plenty of room.

The carmaker installed a 2.3-liter EcoBoost (turbocharged) gasoline engine paired as standard with a ten-speed automatic gearbox. Two other turbo-diesel versions were available as well, especially for the Canadian market.

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Ford introduced the T6 Ranger in 2011 and enhanced it several times, and made it compliant with the Euro 6d regulations after the 2015 facelift.

Thanks to its vast experience in building pickups, it was no wonder that it became an absolute market leader in Europe. Even the best cars needed some upgrades from time to time, and Ford improved the T6 Ranger in 2015.

Ford's design department worked hard to change the car's look. It lost the chrome-plated three-slats grille design, but it gained a massive black one instead. The three slats were still there but smaller and almost concealed by the rest of the front fascia. Underneath, an aluminum skid plate protected the engine and the transmission from bumps and rocks. Its headlights were narrower. As for the fog lights, those were still rounded but protected by angular-shaped glasses. It wasn't that much changed from its sides, although Ford offered it with new options for light-alloy wheels.

Inside, it was a completely new interior, with better materials and an SUV-like design. The SYNC 2 infotainment system adorned the top of the center stack. Inside the instrument cluster, Ford included two TFT displays that flanked the center-mounted speedometer. Its four doors allowed the owner to use it as a family vehicle, but the rear seats were not the most comfortable on the market.

Under the hood, Ford offered the Ranger Double Cab with two engine choices: a 160 hp 2.2-liter and a 200 hp 3.2-liter inline-five. Both sent their power through a six-speed manual fitted as standard. The latter was available exclusively on the Wildtrak version.

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The third generation of the international version of the Ford Ranger was launched in 2011 in Australia. It was designed by Ford Australia and it also was sold in Europe.

There was a completely new chassis for the 2011 Ranger, or the T6 version as it was internally named. Destined for sale across five continents and more than 180 markets, Ford Ranger was offered as a complete family of compact trucks - with three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, two ride heights and up to five trim levels, depending on the market.

The new styling saw an approach toward the leisure sport-utility truck vehicles. It was the same rugged off-road vehicle, but the bodywork lines were closer to the look of an SUV. Its design also took into consideration the aerodynamic factor so the lines were smoother. The big headlights were flushed to the front fascia. To amplify the width of the car, the grille had horizontal lines and the bumper was taller than before.

The top-model was the Double Cab version. It was built to offer room for five passengers. Under the rear bench there was a small storage room and in the center console there was enough room for a laptop. The interior features could have been compared to an SUV. Leather and heated seats, touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity were on the option list.

Three engines were available, including a 2.2-liter inline-four-cylinder and a 3.2-liter inline-five. For specific markets, there was also a new 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder gasoline engine that Ford says will have more power than its major competitors and is flex-fuel capable. For the transmission, the Ranger was offered in a 4x4 or 4x2 configuration, with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

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