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Ford launches new diesel engine for the Ranger, in Europe

Although pickup trucks aren't the most popular vehicle on European roads, their sales aren't all that minimal. Of course, you can't buy (as far as I know) any of those trucks with gasoline engines, and the trucks that are availabe are ones which would be considered small in the US.

Nevertheless, Ford has launched revamped versions of the Euro-spec Ford Ranger with two diesel engines: the 2.5 TDCi found in other models such as the Transit van and a new 3.0 TDCi engine, the latter only available with the 4-door king cab version.

Specifications aren't impressive, as you would expect from such a vehicle: 3.0 liter 4 cylinder engine, with common rail direct injection. 156 HP and 380 Nm of torque (280 lb/ft), following the Euro IV emission rules. You can have a manual 5-speed gearbox or a new 5-speed automatic. The car weighs almost two tons (1,910 kg), which, adding the plastic cladding this version has, translates into 25 MPG average (European mixed cycle), 28 on highway. CO2 emissions are 252 g/km.

[Source: Ford France]

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