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Feature Flick: Aussies Put New Ford Ranger in Deep Water

Long sought-after by American midsize truck enthusiasts, Ford’s world Ranger (not sold in the U.S.) was driven through nearly three feet of water to ensure its suitability for emerging markets where it is popular, such as Thailand, which can receive as much as 40 inches of rain a month in some of its interior regions. The two primary tests are a high-speed, 40 mile-per-hour test through six inches of water, and a low-speed, 4 mph test through nearly 32 inches of water. As if that weren’t enough, the vehicle was loaded to its maximum rated gross vehicle weight while undergoing the test.
The Ranger is one of the best-selling vehicles in Thailand, which has many rural and undeveloped areas with poor or no roads. The Ranger’s off-road capability is one of the key attributes to its popularity in the local market. Some areas of Thailand’s interior can receive up to 40 inches of rain a month during the Monsoon season.
During vehicle testing, engineers re-located the alternator higher up on the engine to prevent failure when fording deep water, and located the engine air intake high enough where water ingestion wouldn’t be an issue. Components that remain submerged during deep-water driving were tested for water resistance so that performance wouldn’t be affected. To add insult to injury to American world Ranger fans, the forbidden fruit’s top powertrain is a 3.2 liter five-cylinder turbodiesel producing 200 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Source: Ford
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2011 Ford Ranger

2011 Ford Ranger

MSRP $18,160 XL 2WD Short Bed Regular Cab

EPA MPG:

22 City / 27 Hwy

Towing (Max):

2,160 lbs.

Payload (Max):

1,160 lbs.