Ford Shows New Ranger's Face, Confirms Debut in Sydney

Ford has just confirmed that the all-new Ranger will make its world debut at the upcoming Australian International Motor Show in Sydney on October 15. Details are still kept secret, but from what we learned a couple of months ago, the future Ranger will rely on a four-cylinder engine range, with the diesel units likely to come in the form of 3.2-liter and 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCI common-rail configurations.

The petrol versions are believed to be 2.5-liter Duratec and 2.0-liter EcoBoost, paired to either six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.

So, wondering why Australia and not the much anticipated Paris Motor Show? First of all, the vehicle is not primarily addressed to Europeans and, second of all, it is based on the all-new global compact truck platform developed in Australia.

“Australia has played a leading role in the development of this latest global Ford product,”
said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Ranger is symbolic of how our great product development capability is being leveraged by the ONE Ford plan like never before.”

Besides the all-new Ford Ranger, the American carmaker will also introduce the Focus RS to the local market, with only 315 units to be sold to Australian buyers.

“The show will be a great opportunity to see the car that’s set to spawn a whole new generation of performance car enthusiasts,” said Marin Burela, president and CEO, Ford Australia.

Last but not least, Fiesta sedan and diesel models will also be part of Ford's display at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show.

“Fiesta has been extremely successful in Australia,” said Burela. “Since its launch in early 2009, Ford’s share of the light car segment has grown from 4.7 percent to 8.3 percent. We fully expect that the new sedan and diesel variants will attract even more new customers to the Fiesta range, along with the availability of the new 1.6-litre PowerShift automatic transmission.”
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