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New Ford Ranger for 2011

Ford's Ranger pickup has been given a refresh, the new line coming to the UK in October 2011.

Launched at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney today, the headline change is a pair of new diesel engines: a 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel built in the UK and a 3.2-litre with 197bhp. Two six-speed gearboxes will be available, one automatic and one manual.

Buyers will be able to choose between a pair of drivetrains - rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

When choosing the latter there is a switch on the console allowing the driver to switch to rear-drive only for improved emissions and fuel efficiency. Low-range gearing is also available for extra torque or additional downhill braking.

The futuristic-looking pick-up gets four trim levels, three cab bodystyles and two ride-heights upon launch, just like the current line-up.

The new Ranger has a host of clever features aimed at making life easier for its drivers. ‘Adaptive load control' senses how cargo is loaded onto the back and adjusts parameters to maintain a straight and level ride, while ‘trailor sway control' senses when a trailor is getting out of control and applies brakes to pull it back in line.

Other new features include voice control, rear park assist and a new rear-view camera system.

The cargo box of the double cab derivative is bigger than previous model, and all models have 1,139mm between wheel arches and a rear tailgate opening width of 1,330mm.