The new Ford Ranger is now being sold in Europe and other regions around the world, but it won’t be coming to the United States until next year. The manufacturer Blue Oval is expanding its pickup truck range in the Old Continent with a new trim, positioned as the most luxurious Ranger ever made. The Ranger Platinum has an exclusive look and a powerful V6 turbodiesel engine under the hood. This joins the already available Ranger Raptor, Ranger, Wildtrak, Ranger Limited, Ranger XL, and Ranger XLT in the broadest line of Ranger trucks ever sold.
The V6 diesel engine at the front is a defining part of the Ranger Platinum’s standard equipment. Mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox, it produces 247 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. Power reaches all four wheels via the truck’s electronically controlled full-time all-wheel drive system. On the Platinum model, the transmission is mounted on special mounts that have been re-engineered to reduce noise and vibration. The result, says Ford, is smoother and more responsive performance under any conditions.
Visually, the Ranger Platinum differs from the rest of the Ranger family with its more sophisticated exterior which includes a 20-inch front wheel, a more distinctive radiator grille and distinctive new daytime running LEDs. The DLR is integrated in the matrix LED light cluster, which is standard for the new trim, as are the soft-close tailgate, privacy glass, and leather seat upholstery. In-cab highlights include electrically operated 10-way seats with heating and cooling function, and new, more advanced ambient interior lighting.
Not limited exclusively to the Ranger Platinum but what is quite helpful is the advanced driver assistance system. This includes active park assist, blind spot warning with traffic alerts and trailer coverage, lane change warning, and a 360-degree camera. All of these features are standard on the top-of-the-range Ranger for Europe, which is now being sold across the continent with first customer deliveries planned for late spring 2023.