Ford Developing SUV on New Ranger's Platform

Ford has recently introduced a new generation of the Ranger pick-up, announcing that the vehicle will be offered on 180 markets, but not in North America. The company wants to take full advantage of the new vehicle’s platform and is currently working on an SUV based on it, as wardsauto reports.

The all-new Ranger is based on the company’s new global compact truck platform that uses the Project T6 name. The architecture has a cab-on-chassis design and can be used for a SUV that offers seven or eight seats. It seems like the T6-based SUV is scheduled to arrive by the end of 2012, and will be offered on developing markets.

The Ranger pick-up will be introduced with three body styles, also allowing customers to choose between 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, and between high and low ground clearance models, offering up to five series. The vehicle’s front suspension uses a double wishbone with coil springs setup, while its rear one uses progressive rate semi-elliptic leaf springs.

The vehicle’s engine range will come with three new units, including two Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel powerplants, as well as new six-speed transmissions.

One of the areas where the company has made multiple improvements (compared to the vehicle’s predecessor) is the interior. Here’s how Ford describes the cabin: “The all-new interior brings new levels of spaciousness to the compact pickup ownership experience. The all-new Ranger offers a comfortable and quiet ride, along with a level of features and technologies that make it second-to-none.
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