A new Ford Ranger chassis cab variant has been introduced for the first time, providing fleets with the ability to create bespoke vehicles based on the popular pick-up.
The Ranger chassis cab uses a body-on-frame construction, creating a tough donor vehicle that maximises the range of potential conversion options, says Ford.
It anticipates that the Ranger chassis cab’s combination of four-wheel drive-enhanced off-road capability, durability and fuel efficient EcoBlue diesel powertrain will drive interest from the construction, utility, blue light and recovery sectors.
Available in single-cab body style and work-oriented XL series, the Ranger chassis cab is the newest addition to the Ranger line-up.
“We’ve built the Ranger chassis cab for customers who work in the most demanding environments and need a tough, off-road vehicle to carry their specialist kit,” said Paul Baynes, conversions manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
“Combined with Ford’s extensive QVM converter network, Ranger chassis cab enables our customers to get the job done, wherever they work.”
Ranger chassis cab customers will have access to Ford’s network of more than 160 Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) converters in 13 markets to expertly deliver warranty-approved bespoke vehicles for specialist applications.
Ranger’s chassis features heavy-duty rear leaf spring suspension and a flat rear surface for converters to build upon – providing a base for conversions up to 3,270kg gross vehicle mass.
The single cab design permits a maximum conversion length behind the cab of 2,518mm.
Ranger chassis cab also provides 3,500kg maximum towing capacity, enabling operators to haul extra equipment.
Ranger chassis cab’s 170PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine delivers 420Nm of torque to haul heavy loads, supported by a six-speed manual gearbox.
A selectable four-wheel drive system is standard, with a control in the centre console enabling drivers to select rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive while on the move to best suit changing conditions.
A low range four-wheel drive setting improves performance on steep hills and soft surfaces.
Ranger chassis cab will be available to order from January 2021.