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Five-month wait for Ford's latest pick-up.

THE lid has been lifted on the stylish new Ranger pick-up from Ford, which will not take to the roads for another five months.

Sales of the current Ranger have more than doubled since the turn of the decade, boosted by favourable tax concessions for users.

The savings are so significant that an increasing number of motorists are opting for pick-ups instead of conventional cars.

This has prompted the manufacturers to make them almost as sophisticated as saloon cars and to load them with similar levels of equipment.

In its latest guise, the Ranger gets a completely redesigned body and a new 2.5-litre diesel engine generating significantly greater power and torque.

Among the many improvements are a raised sidewall that results in increased cargo space and the towing capacity is increased to three tonnes.

The newcomer promises to offer improved ride and handling, both on and off tarmac, thanks to larger suspension upper control arms and spring bushing.

There are new shock absorbers and leaf springs, a new rear stabiliser and improved hydraulic braking, bigger 16-inch alloy wheels and new all-terrain tyres.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 5, 2006
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