Ranger prototypes have been undergoing substantial testing to ensure that the new model can take what consumers will throw at it.
By: Gary Grant
May 7, 2018
There has been much noise lately about Ford’s decision to invest heavily into the light truck market and the first salvo is the return of the Ford Ranger nameplate to the North American market.
The upcoming version of Ford’s original mini-truck is really not so mini, but fits nicely into the brand’s already substantial line up of pickups, which range from workable luxury models to worksite beasts and the desert ready Raptor.
As one might expect, Ranger prototypes have been undergoing substantial testing to ensure that the new model can take what consumers will throw at it. Some consumers however might not grasp just how far an auto manufacturer goes to test its vehicles.
Ford’s Michigan proving grounds, where all manner of different driving situations can be created, are the mainstay of the testing. At this facility, one section is so rough that robots are used to ensure that human occupants are not inadvertently injured.
Arizona’s Davis Dam provides steep roads for trailer towing evaluation, while the Australian Outback provides dusty desert roads and extreme heat.
The new Ranger will be a 2019 model, said to be available early next year.