Ford has unveiled the 2011 Ranger at the Australian International Auto Show. If features a bolder design with a focus on improved usability.

Ford has unveiled the 2011 Ranger at the Australian International Auto Show.

Larger than ever before, the truck features a three-bar grille, a distinctive front bumper, numerous chrome accents (on high-end models), and massive taillights.

Inside, the cabin is basic but everything is durable and ergonomically designed. As Debbie Pascoe, Ford's color and trim manager, explains "The typical pickup driver needs space and we designed an interior that is comfortable, easy to slide in and out of, with controls that are larger to accommodate work gloves, for example. When you design a truck interior, special considerations have to be taken to ensure the cabin will be just as durable as the rest of the vehicle."

Under the hood, three new engines are available. The 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi I4 produces 110 kW (150 PS / 148 hp) and 375 Nm (277 lb-ft) of torque. If that isn't powerful enough, you can order the 3.2-liter Duratorq TDCi I5 which churns out 147 kW (200 PS / 197 hp) and 470 Nm (347 lb-ft) of torque. Lastly, customers choose a 122 kW (166 PS / 164 hp) 2.5-liter Duratec I4 petrol which can be configured for E100 flex-fuel capability as well as CNG and LPG.

Transmission choices include the 6R80 six-speed automatic (with Sport and Normal modes), the MT82 six-speed manual, and the MT75 five-speed manual.

Four-wheel drive models have an electronically controlled transfer case that allows drivers to shift from 4x2 to 4x4 as needed. Furthermore, an electric locking differential / limited slip differential is optional.

Production for the global compact truck will begin next summer (Northern Hemisphere) in Rayong, Thailand, for the Asia Pacific region while Ford prepares plants in Argentina and South Africa to serve other key regions.  Eventually the new Ranger will be sold in 180 countries, not including United States and Canada.

Check out the press release for additional information

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